The mystery of the ancient ceremony in Bridgman's painting: "the Procession of the bull Anubis»:
Frederick Arthur Bridgman is one of the most popular orientalist painters. He created a canvas that takes the viewer back to the times of Ancient Egypt. What secrets of the…

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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…

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7 masterpieces of the Hermitage that are worth seeing in 2020
Scientists have long proved that art has a beneficial effect on human health, reducing the level of anxiety and stress in the body. This is especially true of fine art…

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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 variety of styles, directions, and interpretations most vividly). Especially interesting is the theme of the Holy family in the works of artists Rembrandt and Pompeo Batoni.

Rembrandt “the Holy family” 1645.
Rembrandt van Rijn was born in 1606. He is one of the most outstanding artists in Europe and the greatest in the Netherlands. His paintings cover a wide range of different genres-portraits, landscapes, religious and historical paintings. In his works, he used chiaroscuro and various lighting and paint techniques. 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 its members and gave birth to a new genre in painting of the era. But then something went wrong, in any case, the artist changed the name of his canvas.

Antoine Watteau, the French Rococo artist and founder of the” gallant festival”, made the main object of his painting the love island of Greek mythology, visible in the background and inhabited by countless cupids. Continue reading

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 prototype of the young mother of God. And the prototype of the portrait was the artist’s daughter.

About the artist
Francisco de Surbaran (baptised 7 November 1598-27 August 1664) was a Spanish artist known for his religious paintings of monks, nuns and martyrs, as well as still lifes. Surbaran earned the nickname “Spanish Caravaggio” due to the powerful and realistic use of chiaroscuro. This is a unique artist, deeply original, whose work is connected with all the roots of Spain. Continue reading

An artist with a genetic mutation paints paintings that have 100 times more color shades than usual
The human eye can distinguish about a million color shades – this is enough to perceive the world in all its diversity. However, there is a rare genetic mutation that…

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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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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…

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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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