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 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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"Great castration": As covered up the shame in paintings and sculptures at different times
The history of art knows many examples when, at a change in cultural epochs, works created by predecessors begin to be perceived not quite rightly. Probably the most significant in…

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most famous mezzotint

Pissing pug, Lucifer and other ambiguous sculptures that caused a lot of controversy

Any art form is controversial, and statues are no exception. Considering that they are made, as a rule, in honor of famous people, objects or events, all people simply cannot have the same attitude to sculptures. Therefore, it is not surprising that often ordinary statues are the cause of discord.
1. Lucifer from Liege
“Lucifer from Liege” – a statue in the Cathedral of St. Paul in the Belgian city of Liege. The official name of the statue is Le genie du mal (“The genius of evil). It was made in 1848 by sculptor Guillaume Gifs. But few people know that in fact the “Genius of Evil” was not the original statue of Lucifer, created for the church. Earlier, L’ange du mal (“Angel of Evil”), who was made by Guillaume’s brother, Joseph in 1842, was born. 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

BEGINNING ENGRAVATIONS IN ENGLAND

Old English painting, English artists. Old engravings are always the pride of their owner, the decoration of any collection, the original, stylish part of the interior. If you want to furnish a house or a room in the English style, then antique engraving is absolutely necessary. The works of Dutch and German engravers are very good and found. But it is better to pay attention to the work of English artists. After all, what can harmonize with the interior in the English style better than the engraving of the old English master?
BEGINNING ENGRAVURES IN ENGLAND.
English school in engraving is much younger than Italian, German or Dutch. History of English prints, apparently, should be carried out from the end of the XV century. The first known engravings are placed in the book The Mirror of the World, published in 1480 at Westminster by the English pioneer William Kexton. The illustrations in the book are made in the technique of wood engraving. Continue reading

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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"Unequal marriage" almost destroyed the friendship
“She exchanged me for a rich manufacturer!” - sobbing, explaining the reason for parting with her beloved Sophia Rybnikova, friend of the young artist Vasily Pukirev, merchant Sergey Varentsov. And…

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EKATERININSKY PERIOD
Russian art in the Catherine period finally goes beyond one portrait form. A multi-genre painting system emerges at the Academy, and a historical picture appears. One of the brightest representatives…

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