Secrets of famous paintings
Works of art often become particularly popular if they are legends about them or if they unexpectedly turn out to be not what they seem at first glance. "Kultura.RF" reveals…

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Avant-garde and socialist realism
Avant-gardism, developed in the literature by Vladimir Mayakovsky and Velimir Khlebnikov, since the 1910s has also spread powerfully in Russian painting. Back in the 1910s avant-gardism in Russia was fond…

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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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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 of the background is verified with mathematical precision — the glance glides along straight lines rushing to the central vanishing point * and is fixed on it. But look at the columns at the left edge of the picture. Don’t you notice anything strange? The columns are depicted in violation of the very perspective, which is so admired in the drawing of Leonardo. The column, which rests on the step, is depicted on two planes at once: the front (at the base) and the rear (at the level of the capital). And the second column is clearly out of place. Continue reading

interesting facts about the masterpieces of painting

Rafael Sistine Madonna 1512
Stored in the Old Masters Gallery in Dresden.
The picture has a little secret: the background, seen from a distance, appears to be clouds, upon careful examination turns out to be the heads of angels. And the two little angel depicted in the picture below became the motive of numerous postcards and posters.
Rembrandt “Night Watch” 1642
Stored in the State Museum in Amsterdam.
The true name of Rembrandt’s painting “The Speech of the rifle company of Captain Frans Banning Kok and Lieutenant Willem van Reitenburg.” Art historians who discovered a painting in the 19th century thought that the figures appeared on a dark background, and it was called “Night Watch”. Later it was discovered that a layer of soot makes a dark picture, and the action actually takes place in the afternoon. However, the painting has already entered the treasury of world art under the name “Night Watch”. Continue reading

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" -…

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Soviet painting - the history of modern art
The culture of the Soviet and post-Soviet period is a bright large-scale coil of Russian heritage. The events of 1917 became the reporting point in the development of a new…

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Artist Konstantin Andreevich Somov, Soviet painting
Konstantin Somov is one of the representatives of Russian symbolism. The development of the artist's style was largely influenced by his studies at the Paris-based Colorassi studio (1897–1899); it was…

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