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We continue the project “The History of One Picture.” In it we tell about the most famous canvases from Petersburg museums. Today – “The Ninth Wave” by Ivan Aivazovsky.
Fact one. The author.
The great Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky has Armenian roots. His ancestors bore the name Ayvazyan. He himself was recorded in the register as Hovhannes Ayvazyan. And his father signed the name “Gaivazovsky.” The same name when entering the art school and used the future painter. A few years later, he decided to drop the first letter – and became Aivazovsky.
Fact two. Official. Continue reading
Fayum portraits – ancient Roman provincial portraits, named after the Egyptian oasis Fayum, where they were found. The Greeks, who settled in Egypt in the period of 1 century BC. – 3rd century AD, they used such portraits in their funerary cult, placing them on shrouds in approximately the same way as today on the monuments they make photos. In our review, 20 of the 800 portraits known today, which depict contemporaries of Christ.
The first description of the funeral portraits dates back to 1615, when the Italian explorer Pietro della Valle brought two portraits from Saccara-Memphis to Europe from the oasis. Today they are stored in the collection of the State Art Collection of Dresden. Continue reading
Despite the great work of researchers, the fantasy world of this amazing artist has not yet been solved.
“Melody, written on the boy’s buttocks”, apparently, not a very good name for a musical work, but it was born thanks to one of the most famous paintings in the history of art.
When student Amelia Hemric saw a fragment of the “Garden of Earthly Delights”, she decided to play a melody, the notes of which are written on the buttocks of one of the many martyrs depicted on the right panel of the triptych.
The body of the martyr, crushed by a huge lute and harp, is surrounded by people and monsters. Someone is holding a frog on its peak, engulfed in flames. Continue reading