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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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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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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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 the last years of his life and is reportedly worth about $ 66 million. The painting was stolen in 1997 and was included in the list of the most wanted art objects in Italy.

About the artist
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was a brilliant Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Viennese art Nouveau movement (Vienna secession). Klimt’s works, known for their complex, overtly sensual paintings and frescoes, cover themes of rebirth, love and death. Klimt’s eclectic range of influences included Egyptian, classical Greek, Byzantine, and medieval styles. Continue reading

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 for his unusual technique. Samuel Cooper used it… a candle for writing your paintings.
About the artist
There is not much biographical information about the artist, but it is known that Samuel Cooper (1609 -1672) was trained by his uncle, the miniaturist John Hoskins the Elder.He was a talented man: in addition to his artistic skills, Cooper was an excellent musician, played the lute well, and was also reputed to be a good linguist, speaking fluent French. Continue reading

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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Why did the Peredvizhniki disown the artist Bodarevsky and remove his paintings from the opening day
Peredvizhniki - a special caste of Russian artists who left behind a valuable legacy in the Treasury of world art. Who does not remember the names of the most prominent…

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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…

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Secret meanings of the masterpiece fresco "Maestro" by Simone Martini, who was called the most famous artist of all time
A disciple of the great founder of the Renaissance Giotto and a favorite of Modigliani-Simone Martini embodied in his work the Sienese artistic principles, introduced many innovations in the art…

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