As one picture fed the artist all his life: "Everything is in the past." Vasily Maximov
Maximov's painting "Everything in the past" was an exceptional success for the artist. The master wonderfully reflected the idea of the picture on the canvas - it is a longing…

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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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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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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 and contemplation of the beautiful. Therefore, in order for 2020 to be filled with a favorable state of body and spirit, it is worth visiting the Hermitage and seeing the most famous exhibitions of the Museum.

“The apostles Peter and Paul” by El Greco
El Greco is one of the most striking and original artists. A Greek by birth, he studied painting in Italy in the Studio of the great Titian. From his idol, he learned the oil technique, and was also inspired by the artistic techniques of Italian mannerism. El Greco stood out among his colleagues by the originality of his dramatically expressive style. Continue reading

Hitler’s favorite artist and master of symbolism: Arnold Becklin, who inspired great minds to create masterpieces

One of Adolf Hitler’s favorite masters of painting. The artist who inspired Rachmaninova on the creation of a masterpiece. The great symbolist of the XIX century, who created the unsurpassed “Island of the dead” in 5 versions. This is Arnold Becklin, a Swiss-born artist who rejected the naturalistic tendencies of his time and created a new symbolic mythological direction.
Arnold Becklin (October 16, 1827-January 16, 1901) was an artist whose landscapes and sinister allegories greatly influenced German artists of the late nineteenth century and foreshadowed the symbolism of the twentieth century. Continue reading

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 in other European countries. All these qualities are perfectly combined in the monumental work of Jan van Eyck – “the Madonna of Canon van der pale”. It hides mysterious symbolic elements, as well as a self-portrait of the master himself.

The artist Jan van Eyck was born in 1390 in Maaseik, near Maastricht. He worked at the court of the Bavarian Dukes in the Hague, then was in the service of the Duke of Burgundy Philip the Good. Continue reading

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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An artist from Belarus creates mesmerizing hyperrealism landscapes in the best traditions of the classics
There are many talented and amazing artists in the world who amaze the audience with their inexhaustible imagination, a variety of forms, colors, styles, manners, and various techniques. However, the…

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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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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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