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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An artist from the Russian hinterland writes extraordinary paintings that are difficult to distinguish from coinage
Today, the visual arts, as never before, have an unlimited degree of freedom in the choice of themes, ideas, designs, and artistic means. However, not many masters manage to surprise…

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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…

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Monthly Archives: May 2018

The medieval story of the forbidden love of an artist and model: Raphael and his Fornarina

Perhaps many consider Leonardo da Vinci an artist who hides the most mysterious and curious facts about his paintings and models. What is the famous “Mona Lisa” worth? Not at all! No less mysterious today is the love story of the artist Raphael and his model Fornarina.
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Who is this girl? Some historical data prove that she was the secret bride of the artist.
Fornarina is the nickname of a girl named Margarita Luti. According to some reports, she is the daughter of a local Baker, Francesco Luti from Siena, who so charmed Raphael that he could not even work! Hence the nickname la fornarina-the little Baker girl. Continue reading

What secrets are hidden by the symbolism of Jan van Eyck: “the Madonna of Canon van der pale»

In 15th-century Flanders, the van Eyck brothers were famous for their skill, innovation, and desire for changes in art and for the break with the Gothic that had already occurred in other European countries. All these qualities are perfectly combined in the monumental work of Jan van Eyck – “the Madonna of Canon van der pale”. It hides mysterious symbolic elements, as well as a self-portrait of the master himself.

The artist Jan van Eyck was born in 1390 in Maaseik, near Maastricht. He worked at the court of the Bavarian Dukes in the Hague, then was in the service of the Duke of Burgundy Philip the Good. Continue reading

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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"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…

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Hitler's favorite artist and master of symbolism: Arnold Becklin, who inspired great minds to create masterpieces
One of Adolf Hitler's favorite masters of painting. The artist who inspired Rachmaninova on the creation of a masterpiece. The great symbolist of the XIX century, who created the unsurpassed…

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The owner of an old castle painted its walls with fairy-tale flowers: Claire Basler
Who wouldn't want to live in a beautiful fairy-tale castle? French artist Claire Basler managed to make her dream come true. When Claire and her husband bought a dilapidated old…

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