David's "oath of the Horatii": what symbols the artist encoded in the Patriotic Manifesto
In 1785, visitors to the Paris salon were shocked by the painting of David - "the Oath of the Horatii", which later became a masterpiece of Neoclassicism. The canvas contains…

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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…

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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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Why is the consummate Diego Velasquez called ” the artist of Truth»

The significance of his art in the development of world painting is invaluable, and his creative heritage served as a source of inspiration for the outstanding French masters of the XIX century. Kramskoy, Surikov, and Serov sang rave reviews of it. Fans of Spanish art have probably guessed that we are talking about the unsurpassed Diego Velasquez.

Biography

The greatest artist of the Spanish school was born in Seville in 1599. He was able to get a good education. From an early age, he grew up an inquisitive and well-trained child, quickly learned to read and from a young age began to collect his own library, which by the end of the artist’s life turned into a monumental collection.Judging by the subject matter of books and manuscripts in this library, Velasquez throughout his life was seriously interested in literature, architecture, history, philosophy, mathematics and astronomy, reading in Latin, Italian and Portuguese. 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

What secrets the author of the most expensive painting in the world kept: little-Known facts about Paul Cezanne
Post-impressionist French artist Paul Cezanne is known for his incredibly diverse style of painting, which strongly influenced the abstract art of the XX century. Cezanne is universally recognized as the…

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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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How the Golden age changed the world, or what was revived in the Renaissance
Renaissance (Renaissance) - an era that replaced the middle ages and preceded the New time. It is characterized by a sharp jump in the development of all spheres of social…

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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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