Why is the consummate Diego Velasquez called " the artist of Truth»
The significance of his art in the development of world painting is invaluable, and his creative heritage served as a source of inspiration for the outstanding French masters of the…

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As a master from St. Petersburg became a court artist of the English Queen and painted the best portrait of her
The ceremonial portrait of Elizabeth II, painted by Sergei Pavlenko, is considered the best even by the Queen herself. The same portrait is reproduced on commemorative collector's stamps of the…

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7 masterpieces of the Hermitage that are worth seeing in 2020
Scientists have long proved that art has a beneficial effect on human health, reducing the level of anxiety and stress in the body. This is especially true of fine art…

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How a rebel artist became an academic and teacher of the Tsar’s children: Karl Lemoch

The year 1863 can be defined as a landmark for the future development of fine art in Russia. It all started with the”revolt of the fourteen.” Fourteen students of the historical class preferred the realistic style to the classical, propagandized direction of the Academy and left the walls of the institution. One of these artists was Carl Lemoch.

According to V. V. Stasov: “These young people were all extremely insufficient-it means that they were dependent from head to foot and obliged to tremble for their future, and yet, risking this future, they prefer to lose their reward and the prospect of traveling abroad, just not to perform what is repugnant to their artistic conscience.” And they all lost the gold medal… Continue reading

How the world's most famous paintings were created: Intriguing stories of paintings by great artists
Gregory Landau, a journalist and philosopher, once said: "Art is a dialogue in which the interlocutor is silent." Painting is a subtle art, allegorical, emotional, giving freedom in interpretation. This…

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David's "oath of the Horatii": what symbols the artist encoded in the Patriotic Manifesto
In 1785, visitors to the Paris salon were shocked by the painting of David - "the Oath of the Horatii", which later became a masterpiece of Neoclassicism. The canvas contains…

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What secrets about the young virgin Mary revealed by a medieval artist:" the Boyhood of our lady " by Surbaran
"The boyhood of the mother of God" is a painting by Francisco de Surbaran from 1658-1660, now in the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. An ordinary Spanish girl is actually a…

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Why the picture "Unequal marriage" made a lot of noise, and how it changed society
The audience was delighted with this picture. For this work, the Imperial Academy of arts in St. Petersburg awarded the author the title of Professor (1863), critics perceived this as…

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