Klimt's portrait of a woman: the Story of the most wanted painting found behind the ivy
The famous painting "Portrait of a woman" by the Austrian art Nouveau master Gustav Klimt was discovered 23 years after its theft. The work was created by the artist in…

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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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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: January 2019

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 allows you to see up to 100 million colors. People-tetrachromats are born very rarely, and therefore the work of the American artist Concetta Antico arouses such interest. Unfortunately, only people with the same anomaly can fully appreciate the ocean of color raging in her paintings.
Without going into medical and anatomical details, it is very difficult to explain the phenomenon of tetrachromacy. People, the exact number of which, by the way, is not even calculated, have, according to scientists, an additional type of color receptors. It is difficult to find out exactly how many children are born with this mutation, since most tetrachromats may not even notice that they are different from ordinary people. Continue reading

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 court, now an outstanding monument of the Renaissance. No artist in sixteenth-century Italy was better prepared for this task than Michelangelo. And he created a masterpiece…
History of creation
In 1533, Michelangelo worked in Florence on various projects in San Lorenzo for Pope Clement VII. On September 22 of this year, the artist went to San Miniato to meet the Pope. Perhaps it was then that the Pope expressed a desire for Michelangelo to paint the wall behind the altar of the Sistine chapel on the theme of “the Last judgment”. Continue reading

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 British Royal mail. In addition, the artist has painted several more portraits of members of the Royal family of great Britain, but he strongly asks not to call himself a court artist, considering that this is not the case. But at the same time, Sergey Pavlenko is rightfully proud of his work. Continue reading

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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Riddles "Pilgrimage to the island of Kythira" Watteau: Why the artist renamed the painting
On Saturday, August 28, 1717, Antoine Watteau presented a painting for which he was admitted to the French Academy. The canvas depicting a gallant celebration quickly received the approval of…

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How the artist Francisco Goya turned the art world around: "the First of modern»
For innovations in the technique of paintings, obsessive satire of his work and personal belief that the artist's vision is more important than tradition, Goya is often called "the first…

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Why a deaf-mute painter of the late middle Ages painted only winter landscapes: Hendrik Averkamp
Many readers often associate the noun "winter" with the adjective "Russian". Especially when it comes to painting, the names of Russian classical artists Ivan Shishkin, Boris Kustodiev, and Igor Grabar…

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