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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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…

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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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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 of painting, which became a guiding star for young masters, and also created a truly masterpiece fresco – “Maesta”, about the true meaning of which art historians are still debating today.
Martini’s painting is melodic, symbolic and poetic (influenced by his friendship with the poet Francesco Petrarch). One legend has reached the present day. It is said that Simone Martini painted a portrait of Petrarch’s beautiful lover-Laura. 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 meanings, and the artist was later accused of selling his talent.

About the artist
Sir John Everett Millais was an English artist, Illustrator, and one of the founders of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The fraternity was founded at his family home in London, at 83 Gower street (now number 7). Continue reading

A special style of primitive works by the artist Gennady Shlykov, which cause a kind smile
Among art historians and art lovers, there has long been a debate about primitivism as a style in artistic creativity. This painting, which originated in the XIX century, causes a…

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What caused the official painter of the Napoleonic victories to take his own life: Antoine-Jean Gros
In June 1835, a man's body was fished out of the river Seine in the vicinity of the town of MEUDON. The investigation established the identity and circumstances that led…

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What is true and what is fiction in the story of a loving artist and a million red roses
Alla Pugacheva's song "a Million red roses", created by Raymond Pauls based on poems by Andrey Voznesensky, tells about the love of a poor artist for an actress. The plot…

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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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