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Fraud paintings: How artists have confused viewers for centuries
Optical illusions are not a new phenomenon, the first "illusionists" were ancient creators. With the development of painting, the skill of artists in creating fake paintings was also improved -…

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19th Century Girl Albums
The young ladies of the 19th century were not so different from the modern ones: they also needed attention, recognition, evidence of sympathy from friends and, of course, a cordial…

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What paintings of Russian classics were banned from showing, and for what reason they fell out of favor with censors
We used to associate censorship prohibitions with forbidden books or films. But even in such a seemingly harmless genre of art as painting, artists could go against the ideological principles…

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Merchants, crooks, money-lenders, millionaires: Whose blood lives in the veins of Vasily Kandinsky

The founder of abstractionism is a personality no less mysterious than his work. Originally Vasily Kandinsky from an unusual family. In his veins flows the blood of real robbers and cunning. The artist himself had leadership abilities and was very energetic and resourceful. What medium did the art theorist grow from? We understand the pedigree.

A mixture of blood and mentalities
The family tree of Vasily Kandinsky is striking in its diversity. In the first half of the XIX century, his great-great-grandfather was known as the famous robber. There is a version that he robbed caravans on the Silk Road. According to other sources, Pyotr Alekseevich, who at that time worked as a Yakut posadnik, robbed several monasteries in 1752. But the case was opened and he was exiled to hard labor in Transbaikalia. There, the sly man, apparently, got on well and acquired offspring. Continue reading

Living portraits of Christian Seybold – an artist whose biography was lost in the mists of time

Unfortunately, history has ordered that almost no information has come down to the life of some artists. But about them eloquently testify to their picturesque masterpieces, written many centuries ago. And it should be noted that they will still talk about their creators for more than one coming century. One of such miracle masters lived and worked in the first half of the 18th century. And his name is Christian Saybold.

Artist Christian Seybold (1690-1768) is an Austrian portrait painter of German descent, whose childhood and youth are practically unknown. Historians reliably state only that his father was from the German city of Oberursel, in the Prussian province …, and that Christian was one of 11 children of a large family. 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 finish the job. Otherwise, why? But their aspirations are not always justified. Sometimes it happens that works of art for various reasons remain incomplete. However, some of these unfinished works have become world famous and have enjoyed worldwide fame and popularity for more than a century.

1. “Saint Jerome” by Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci considered himself more an engineer than an artist. Perhaps that is why he has few finished paintings. For example, his painting “St. Jerome”.

The canvas dates from around 1480, and it depicts a repentant saint hermit against a rocky landscape. The unfinished painting was most likely kept by da Vinci until his death, but it is not clear what happened to her next. The earliest mention of the painting dates back to the 19th century (in the will of the Swiss artist Angelika Kaufman). Continue reading

Pis pug, Lucifer and other controversial sculptures, which caused a lot of controversy

Any kind of art is controversial, and statues are no exception. Given that they are made, as a rule, in honor of famous people, objects or events, sculptures simply cannot have the same attitude for all people. Therefore, it is not surprising that often ordinary statues are the cause of contention.

1. Lucifer from Liege
“Lucifer of 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 (“Genius of Evil). It was made in 1848 by the 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. Before it was born L’ange du mal (“Angel of Evil”), which was made by the brother of Guillaume, Joseph in 1842. Continue reading

From cave paintings to political graffiti: 11 paintings that changed the world

Usually an object of art is considered from the point of view of entertainment – it pleases the eye, can raise the mood or entertain a person. But art is also capable of making real changes in the world. Pablo Picasso once even declared: “No, painting is not created to decorate a home. She is an instrument of war for attack and victory over the enemy! ” And it looks like he was right. Some canvases completely changed people’s ideas about social problems, about politics, and sometimes about art itself.

1. “Lascaux Caves”
Rock paintings in the cave of Lascaux. 17,000 years ago

One of the oldest paintings in the world made a splash, but it happened 17,000 years after it was painted. In 1940, a group of young people arranged a guided tour of a cave in a French village. Inside it, they found one of the most unusual examples of prehistoric art in the world. Although this is not the oldest example of cave paintings, it is one of the earliest examples of exquisite painting, demonstrating that people have always sought art. Continue reading

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“Makha dressed” and “Makha naked”: How passions 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 golden XIX centuries, became the causes of scandals up to the emancipated XX.…


Poster of the exhibition “Louis Vuitton Foundation Collection” in Moscow
Wealthy companies collect art for two reasons. Because they are responsible businessmen, investing part of superprofits in something rational, kind, eternal. And because works of art are a good investment.…


19th Century Girl Albums
The young ladies of the 19th century were not so different from the modern ones: they also needed attention, recognition, evidence of sympathy from friends and, of course, a cordial…


Georges Pierre Seurat. Hermeneutics blue
These days, the artist celebrates his birthday, who created the most sophisticated style within impressionism - pointillism. Yesterday, the group administrators were surprisingly unanimous, each paying tribute to the early…