What does Kustodiev's "merchant's wife at tea" hide: a Revolutionary Manifesto or a reflection of the artist's personal tragedy
One of Boris Kustodiev's favorite characters is the merchant's wife. The artist wrote a lot of them and in different interpretations. His most famous merchant's wife, Boris Kustodiev wrote with…

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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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The theme of the prodigal son in Rembrandt's paintings: the greatest evolution of the master's life and work
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn was the greatest artist not only of the Dutch Golden age, but of all world art. Known as the" artist of light", Rembrandt used his unsurpassed…

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“Black painting” by deaf Goya-the artist who created the darkest paintings of all time

There is absolutely no one who looks at the works of Goya would remain indifferent or at least not surprised by what he saw. But not everyone will even dare to look at these frescoes. “Black painting” by Francisco Goya was created more than 200 years ago, but still impresses with its fantasticism and horror.
“Black painting” (Spanish: Pinturas negras) is the name of a cycle of 14 frescoes by Francisco Goya, executed on the wall of his house. The artist painted these wall murals between 1819 and 1823. They describe heavy psychological themes that reflect his insanity and dark view of humanity. None of the frescoes were named by Goya himself; art historians independently provided them with names and their own interpretations of each work. Continue reading

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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As one picture fed the artist all his life: "Everything is in the past." Vasily Maximov
Maximov's painting "Everything in the past" was an exceptional success for the artist. The master wonderfully reflected the idea of the picture on the canvas - it is a longing…

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