Oddities of pictures
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). As experts in the field of painting admit, the famous Italian Renaissance artist perfectly mastered the techniques of building a linear perspective. In fact, the sketch…

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10 facts about the picture of Aivazovsky "The Ninth Wave"
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…

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The history of modern art of Russia, contemporary painting of Russia
Post-Soviet (modern) Russian painting The variety of contrasts combines the face of modern art in Russia. The beginning of the 21st century is a kind of transitional moment in the…

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determination to sacrifice

BOY WITH A TUBE by Pablo Picasso

The most expensive painting in the world?
In 2004, at an Sotheby’s auction, an unknown buyer acquired the work of Pablo Picasso “Boy with a Pipe” (Garson and la Pipe) in 1905 for $ 104.168 million. The starting price of work – 70 million dollars – an unprecedented amount for the art market. The high cost of the work is explained, firstly, by the impeccable provenance of the painting, and secondly, by its uniqueness: Picasso’s early works appear on the market extremely rarely, almost all the pictures of the pink and blue periods are in museum collections.
The Boy with the Pipe was written in 1905, when the artist lived and worked, and very successfully, in Paris. Nevertheless, on Picasso’s “creative calendar” this period is the earliest, pre-subist and, by the way, the most valuable. The canvas belongs to the rare for any master category of iconic paintings: it marked the artist’s transition from the “blue” period to the “pink” period. Continue reading

NINE SYMBOLS ENCRYPTED IN “SIKTINSKAYA MADONNE”

“The genius of pure beauty” – said Vasily Zhukovsky about the “Sistine Madonna”. Later, Pushkin borrowed this image and dedicated it to an earthly woman, Anne Kern. Rafael also wrote to Madonna from a real person, probably from his own mistress
1. Madonna. Some researchers believe that the image of the Blessed Virgin Virgin Raphael was painted from his mistress Margherita Luthi. According to the Russian art historian Sergei Stam, “in the eyes of the Sistine Madonna, direct openness and gullibility, ardent love and tenderness, and at the same time wariness and anxiety, indignation and horror of human sins froze; indecision and at the same time, the willingness to accomplish the feat (to give his son to death. – Note. “Around the World”) “.
2. Baby Christ. According to Stam, “his forehead is not childishly high, and his eyes are absolutely not childishly serious. However, in their eyes, we see neither edification, nor forgiveness, nor reconciling consolation … Continue reading

"The Last Day of Pompeii" - mysteries, secrets, facts masterwork K. Bryullov
In the first century of our era there was a series of eruptions of the volcano Vesuvius, which were accompanied by an earthquake. They destroyed several flowering cities, which were…

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FAVORITE WOMEN PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
Pablo Picasso wrote a huge number of paintings, tens of thousands of paintings - so many that no one knows all his works, even his professional biographers. They constitute the…

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Painting "Starry Night", Vincent Van Gogh
There is no artist in the world who would not be attracted to the starry sky. The author has repeatedly appealed to this romantic and mysterious object. The master was…

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