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…

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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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How the "Holy family" was depicted by famous painters of the 17th and 18th centuries
The Christmas theme in the painting of the XVII-XVIII centuries was very relevant. This is partly due to the period after the Renaissance (when artistic talents manifested themselves in a…

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As a medieval rebel artist from Korea, watermelons and mice became famous

It was named in honor of the patron Saint of pregnant women and mothers, but the whole life of Sin Saimdang rebelled against the traditional female role. Excellent education, which was not due to Korean women in the middle ages, the unspoken role of the head of the family, spiritual practices, poems and paintings… in South Korea, she is considered a national heroine and is decorated with portraits of stamps and banknotes. And her drawings of… watermelons and mice became famous.

Sin Saimdang was born in the XVI century in the ancient and noble family of Penson Sin, which composed legends. The ancestor of this family was considered a sharpshooter, who pleased the first king of Korea with his hunting skills, and the descendants, miraculously – all Koreans named Shin. At birth, the Sin Saimdang called In a Dream. Continue reading

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 of the modern”. His uncompromising depiction of the reality of his time marks the beginning of a new art of the XIX century.

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Francisco Goya y Lucientes was born on March 30, 1746 in an Aragonese village and studied painting in the workshop of the Zaragoza artist Jose Lusano-Martinez. The work of the Spanish artist, which developed at the turn of the XVIII-XIX centuries, opens the art of a new historical era. Continue reading

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 is this mysterious master of half-figures? And what is written on the sheet music?
“Musicians” is a painting by a Dutch artist of the XVI century, known by the conventional name of Master of female figures, from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum with author’s repetitions from other museums. The painting is also called “Three girls playing music”. Continue reading

As one picture fed the artist all his life: "Everything is in the past." Vasily Maximov
Maximov's painting "Everything in the past" was an exceptional success for the artist. The master wonderfully reflected the idea of the picture on the canvas - it is a longing…

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The secret of the little heroine from the Renoir painting " Girl with a cat»
One of the most famous artists painted a lot of female portraits that have been attracting the attention of art lovers for more than a century and are in the…

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Mystical paintings and sculptures where fiction intertwines with reality: Josephine wall
For several decades, the work of the Englishwoman Josephine wall – the most popular modern artist in the world-has fascinated and inspired fans of her work, called the Art of…

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Looking at the world through stained glass: an Israeli artist creates paintings in a unique technique
Each artist has their own concept of creativity. Someone is close to academic painting and classicism, and someone relies on primitivism or abstractionism, while others win the hearts of their…

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