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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The owner of an old castle painted its walls with fairy-tale flowers: Claire Basler
Who wouldn't want to live in a beautiful fairy-tale castle? French artist Claire Basler managed to make her dream come true. When Claire and her husband bought a dilapidated old…

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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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Secrets and hidden interpretations of one of the most mysterious paintings: “the Flagellation of Christ” by Piero della Francesca

The fantastic vision and mathematical calculation of the” Flagellation of Christ ” by Piero della Francesca made this picture one of the most mysterious in the history of painting. The composition is confusing by combining two seemingly incompatible episodes – the New and old Testaments. What is the secret of the dissonance of the famous painting?
In the 1459-1460’s Piero della Francesca prepared a shocking “Flagellation of Christ”, which is now in the National gallery of the Marche. The artist was the author of a treatise on perspective called “on the perspective of painting”, and was also known as a mathematician and geometer. This from my knowledge, the artist skillfully used in the painting “Flagellation of Christ”. Continue reading

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 of them. But today I would like to remember the forgotten name of the Peredvizhnik, whom colleagues in the shop considered a complete stranger in their environment. And, if it were the will of some of them, to be a gifted portraitist Bodarevsky Nikolai Kornilievich expelled from the Association. For what he fell into disgrace to his colleagues and why they could not exclude the” negligent ” artist from their ranks-further, in the review. Continue reading

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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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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What secrets are hidden by the symbolism of Jan van Eyck: "the Madonna of Canon van der pale»
In 15th-century Flanders, the van Eyck brothers were famous for their skill, innovation, and desire for changes in art and for the break with the Gothic that had already occurred…

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A fulfilled prophecy in the life of Marc Chagall: Three women, one of whom is extraordinary
The whole life of Marc Chagall is one continuous flight. He flew in his work and moved from place to place, unable to overcome his wanderlust. He was still very…

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