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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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…

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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 young when the Gypsy prophesied him an extraordinary life and love for three women, but only one of them was to become special, and the other two – the most ordinary. However, the prediction about the end of the artist’s earthly journey in flight also came true.

Marc Chagall was extremely lucky: he met the most extraordinary woman in his youth, when he returned to Vitebsk from St. Petersburg, where he studied at the school of the society for the encouragement of artists, and also studied in the Studio of Govelia Seidenberg and took lessons from Lev Bakst. Continue reading

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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Why a deaf-mute painter of the late middle Ages painted only winter landscapes: Hendrik Averkamp
Many readers often associate the noun "winter" with the adjective "Russian". Especially when it comes to painting, the names of Russian classical artists Ivan Shishkin, Boris Kustodiev, and Igor Grabar…

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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…

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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…

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