“Maha dressed” and “Maha nude”: How passion flared up around the scandalous paintings of Francisco Goya
Surprisingly, the paintings of the famous Spanish artist, painted at the turn of the enlightened XVIII and XIX century gold, became the causes of scandals until the liberated XX. Despite…

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The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1511
The greatest miracle appears before the viewer in all its glory. The mystery that does not cease to excite the imagination of man is interpreted by the great master very…

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How photography completely changed the visual arts
Both painting and photography are forms of visual art that are designed to create images and visual symbols. The difference in the method of manufacture and creates some features. Painting…

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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

History of English watercolors, paintings by old masters
Watercolor is often called the most capricious and unpredictable technique. This is due to the many nuances of the behavior of water-based paints. An artist inexperienced in watercolor painting, even…

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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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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…

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