5 most expensive paintings by Pablo Picasso
Picasso's canvases rank first in “popularity” among the kidnappers and beat all records for sale at auctions. By the way, most recently, in May of this year, one of his…

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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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Fayum portraits: posthumous images of contemporaries of Christ that have come down to our days

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

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 closely within the real world. He considered that it was his imagination, the game of imagination, which was necessary for a fuller image. It is known that by the time the picture was created, the author was undergoing another course of treatment, he was allowed to work only if his condition improved. The artist was deprived of the opportunity to create in kind. He created many works during this period (including “Starry Night”) from memory.
Powerful, expressive strokes, thick colors, difficult composition – everything in this picture is designed for perception from a long distance. Continue reading

The painting and its role in the art market

Inevitably come to mind the prophetic words of Andy Warhol, who recognized business in art and art in business. By this, the existence of the same motive, both in profit and in the creation of paintings.
Purchase of art can be compared only with a tape measure. In fact, the risk is not significant, the more valuable the picture, the greater the chance that in the future it will bring profit to its owner.
The art market is a very complex system. How to understand for example, when one billionaire sells another billionaire a picture for a hundred million or more. (In November 2006, David Geffen, a magnate from Hollywood, sold the picture of Woman III, artist William Koening, to billionaire Stephen A. Cohen for $ 137.5 million.) What is the point? Or when the same David Geffen, artist Jackson Pollock, for 140 million dollars .. Continue reading

10 world famous works of art that were never finished
When composers, artists or writers begin work on their works, they are sure that they will complete the work. Otherwise, why? But not always their aspirations are justified. Sometimes it…

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About art emigration from Russia to the West (1920-1950s)
The problem of including the artistic heritage of Russian emigration in the concept of the development of Russian art of the 20th century in our days does not cease to…

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"The Last Supper": the story of the famous fresco by Leonardo da Vinci
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous images of the last meal of Jesus Christ with his disciples. He began work on it in…

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