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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Why the British monarch's court artist painted only by candlelight: Samuel Cooper
Samuel Cooper is an English artist and the best miniature master of his time, who became famous not only for his worthy court service to king Charles II, but also…

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Why they wanted to destroy Michelangelo's famous fresco " the Last judgment»
In the 1500s, there was a huge task: to visualize the scene of the Last Judgment and, moreover, to do it in the Sistine chapel, the chapel of the papal…

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Monthly Archives: August 2018

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 a victory of new trends in art over the old, but the elderly suitors, who at that time were more than enough, had a difficult time.
Theme of the picture

After the appearance of the painting “Unequal marriage” at the academic exhibition (1862), all Russia began to talk about the artist Pukirev. He began his career with the creation of a masterpiece of Russian realistic art, and later he was not able to create a work that was superior or even equal to the masterpiece “Unequal marriage”. 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 prototype of the young mother of God. And the prototype of the portrait was the artist’s daughter.

About the artist
Francisco de Surbaran (baptised 7 November 1598-27 August 1664) was a Spanish artist known for his religious paintings of monks, nuns and martyrs, as well as still lifes. Surbaran earned the nickname “Spanish Caravaggio” due to the powerful and realistic use of chiaroscuro. This is a unique artist, deeply original, whose work is connected with all the roots of Spain. Continue reading

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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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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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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A fulfilled prophecy in the life of Marc Chagall: Three women, one of whom is extraordinary
The whole life of Marc Chagall is one continuous flight. He flew in his work and moved from place to place, unable to overcome his wanderlust. He was still very…

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