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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"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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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…

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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

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 castle, the Chateau de Beauvoir, in the suburbs of Paris, it was little like a dream. It was Claire who made it into a living fairy tale. She managed it so much that they arrange excursions to the castle – it has become one of the attractions of France.

Claire Basler was born in 1960, in France, in the small town of Vincennes. Since childhood, she loved to draw most of all. No wonder she went to the Paris school of fine arts. During her studies, she often visited the Louvre and could walk there for hours, so much did she admire the Museum’s masterpieces. This determined her vocation and was incredibly inspiring. 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.

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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

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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How a rebel artist became an academic and teacher of the Tsar's children: Karl Lemoch
The year 1863 can be defined as a landmark for the future development of fine art in Russia. It all started with the"revolt of the fourteen." Fourteen students of the…

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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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