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…

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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…

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Art as a source of pleasure
Man is a social being. The history of mankind shows that people have always wanted to share their thoughts and feelings with other beings. Painting is one of the most…

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mythological scenes

“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 this case is an example of the appearance of fig leaves on antique statues. For the sake of moral preservation in the Middle Ages, thousands of ancient masterpieces were subjected to “great castration.” Interestingly, this tradition today takes on a “second wind”.
The subject of nude in art often becomes a stumbling block and is still a heated debate – does the artist have the right to reveal his model, is this really an artistic device or just a way to get unhealthy attention? 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

Old English painting, English artists of the 17th – early 20th century

Collectors of antique painting conservative in their passions. The greatest interest are the Italian Renaissance masters, the old Dutch and German painters, the French Impressionists and some others. At the same time, artists from other countries and epochs often deserve no less attention. Let’s stop our view on painting in England.
Few would call English painting one of the wealth of the country, and in vain. Among the artists of England are many of the most interesting original artists, whose creations adorn the best art galleries of the world and the richest private collections of objects of art.
However, in the wide circles of art lovers, England is unfairly relegated to the background. Not everyone without a hitch would call the name of at least three English painters. Let us try to eliminate this injustice by offering a brief overview of old English painting from the moment of its formation into a separate, independent phenomenon of world art. Continue reading

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.…

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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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PETROVSKY PERIOD OF RUSSIAN PAINTING
In the painting of Peter the Great, a sharp leap from the old to the new is especially noticeable, manifested in the study of European traditions in the shortest time…

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