Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov – one of the most famous Russian artists, his brother Apollinarius is also known, but rather those who are interested in historical painting and theater. The other Vasnetsov brothers, in particular, Arkady, are in the shadow of the glory of the great painter and storyteller. But Viktor Vasnetsov as a phenomenon in world art could not have taken place if it were not for the atmosphere of creativity, conscientious service to art, familiar to each of the brothers from early childhood and which led several of them to a great passion – to create carved wooden furniture.
The beginning of the creative life
The head of the family, Mikhail Vasilyevich Vasnetsov, was a priest in the Vyatka province, and from childhood he was fond of drawing. In the house of his mother, Olga Vasnetsov’s grandmothers, Olga Alexandrovna, as the artist later recalled, all the walls were occupied by paintings made by herself. Continue reading
Nudity in the history of art: How to change the attitude to nu from Venus Paleolithic to classical painting
Thanks to Ivan Efremov and his “Tais of Athens”, the general public became aware of the notions of “hymnophiles” – that is, those who sing nudity – and “hymnophobes” – those who oppose the image of a naked human body. Since the topic of nudity in contemporary art is often rather provocative, does this suggest that the latter are currently setting the tone?
The first anthems in art
Hesiona, gently massaging Thais’ head, timidly uttered to her, reproaching the temptation of fate:
“And how are you not afraid, Mistress, to appear naked before such a gathering of warriors.” They caught you like a dolphin! ..
“If there are a lot of truly brave and strong men around you, you can consider yourself completely safe,” hetaera answered with a laugh, “they are Hellenes and, especially, Spartans. Remember this is useful. Continue reading
“Maha dressed” and “Maha nude”: How passion flared up around the scandalous paintings of Francisco Goya
Surprisingly, the paintings of the famous Spanish artist, painted at the turn of the enlightened XVIII and XIX century gold, became the causes of scandals until the liberated XX. Despite the fact that the nude style in art is a tradition and it seems that it should not shock anyone, it is these works that became “markers” that showed that society is ready to see naked goddesses in pictures, but it is completely different about the image of real beauty, earthly women. Continue reading