Looking at the world through stained glass: an Israeli artist creates paintings in a unique technique
Each artist has their own concept of creativity. Someone is close to academic painting and classicism, and someone relies on primitivism or abstractionism, while others win the hearts of their…

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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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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…

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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

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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Why the British monarch's court artist painted only by candlelight: Samuel Cooper
Samuel Cooper is an English artist and the best miniature master of his time, who became famous not only for his worthy court service to king Charles II, but also…

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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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Why did the Peredvizhniki disown the artist Bodarevsky and remove his paintings from the opening day
Peredvizhniki - a special caste of Russian artists who left behind a valuable legacy in the Treasury of world art. Who does not remember the names of the most prominent…

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