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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Hidden meanings of a painting by an unknown artist of the middle Ages: "Musicians»
"Musicians" is one of the most famous works of the Master of female semi-figures, which hides the hidden secrets of an unknown painter. The pictured notes are particularly interesting. Who…

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What is true and what is fiction in the story of a loving artist and a million red roses
Alla Pugacheva's song "a Million red roses", created by Raymond Pauls based on poems by Andrey Voznesensky, tells about the love of a poor artist for an actress. The plot…

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Monthly Archives: October 2018

How one of the richest artists of the XIX century almost ruined the reputation of his own grandson: “Soap bubbles” millet

“Soap bubbles” is a painting by John Everett millet, written in 1886, which became famous for its use in advertising soap. Unremarkable at first glance, the picture hides deep philosophical meanings, and the artist was later accused of selling his talent.

About the artist
Sir John Everett Millais was an English artist, Illustrator, and one of the founders of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The fraternity was founded at his family home in London, at 83 Gower street (now number 7). 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 many remarkable nuances that contain hidden meanings of the artist.
In 1784-1785, David wrote The Horatii Oath and demonstrated it in Rome. The painting immediately became a huge success with critics and the public and remains one of the most famous paintings in the neoclassical style. Only one critic spoke unfavorably about the painting: the French scientist and collector Serou d’agencourt noted that such architecture, which David depicted in the background of the picture, was not in Rome until the time of the Late Empire. Continue reading

How a practical solution for protecting against drafts turned into an expensive work of art: Tapestry
Tapestries, or rather tapestries, were created because they allowed you to protect yourself from cold and draughts. But this purely practical purpose does not explain the essence of the trellis,…

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The mystery of the ancient ceremony in Bridgman's painting: "the Procession of the bull Anubis»:
Frederick Arthur Bridgman is one of the most popular orientalist painters. He created a canvas that takes the viewer back to the times of Ancient Egypt. What secrets 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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An artist with a genetic mutation paints paintings that have 100 times more color shades than usual
The human eye can distinguish about a million color shades – this is enough to perceive the world in all its diversity. However, there is a rare genetic mutation that…

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