Russian portrait artist and US President: how was the "Unfinished portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt written»
Elizabeth Shumatova was a Russian-American artist who created numerous portraits of influential American and European figures throughout the twentieth century. But she is best known for painting an unfinished portrait…

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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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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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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

Who are the Nazarenes, and why they were considered the most mysterious movement of artists in the name of spirituality

A group of retired art Academies in Vienna occupy an abandoned building in Rome and gain a reputation for their non-standard artistic innovations and unusual appearance (mantle, sandals and long hair). They are now known as the”Nazarenes”. How did the innovative movement try to change the course of art history?
History of the fraternity

In 1809, disillusioned with the teaching methods of the Academy of fine arts in Vienna and the General state of German art, the German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld organized together with his fellow artists a unified movement, the main goal of which was to revive the energetic and spiritual content in the religious genre of art. The Nazarenes believed that all art should serve a moral or religious purpose. Continue reading

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 the viewer with their non-standard and harmonious combination of form and content. About one talented artist from Bryansk, who managed to achieve this in full – our today’s review. And how vividly and interestingly Sergey Kustarev embodied his idea of imitating three-dimensional coinage through oil painting-you, our readers, can judge. 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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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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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…

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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…

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