How Pavel Tretyakov competed with the emperor to create the most famous art gallery in Moscow
Before the revolution, patronage of the arts was considered not only charitable, but also beneficial for the donor himself, and the point here was not taxes at all. According to…

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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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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…

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How the famous artist Vasnetsov and his brothers created fabulous furniture for Russian towers

Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov – one of the most famous Russian artists, his brother Apollinarius is also known, but rather to those who are interested in historical painting and theater. Other Vasnetsov brothers, in particular, Arkady, are in the shadow of the glory of the great painter-storyteller. But Viktor Vasnetsov, as a phenomenon in world art, could not have taken place if it were not for the atmosphere of creativity, conscientious service to art, familiar to each of the brothers from early childhood and leading several of them to a wonderful hobby – the creation of carved wooden furniture.

The beginning of a creative life

The head of the family, Mikhail Vasilievich Vasnetsov, was a priest in the Vyatka province, and from childhood he was fond of drawing. In the house of his mother, the grandmother of Viktor Vasnetsov, Olga Alexandrovna, as the artist later recalled, all the walls were occupied by paintings, the author of which was herself. The Vasnetsov family was always always close to creativity – its representatives participated in the painting of churches, the design of church fences and the design of iconostases. Continue reading

Nudity in the history of art: How the attitude towards nudes from Venus of the Paleolithic to classical painting has changed

Thanks to Ivan Efremov and his “Thais of Athens” the general public became aware of the concepts of “hymnophiles” – that is, singing nudity – and “hymnophobia” – those who oppose the image of a naked human body. Since the topic of nudity in contemporary art is often quite provocative, does this suggest that the latter are currently setting the tone?

The first hymnophiles in art
Hesion, carefully massaging Thais’s head, timidly reprimanded her, reproaching the temptation of fate:
“And no matter how afraid you are, madam, to appear naked in front of such a gathering of soldiers.” 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,” the getter answered her with a laugh, “they are Hellenes, and especially Spartans.” Remember this, come in handy. Above all, remember that men are usually more shy than us. If we follow the customs, we find ourselves much bolder, and they are embarrassed. Continue reading

“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. Despite the fact that the nude style in art is a tradition and, it seems, should not shock anyone, it was these works that became “markers” that showed that society was ready to see naked goddesses in paintings, but had a completely different attitude to depicting real beauty. earthly woman.

Machs in Spain were called dandy commoners. They are usually considered “townspeople”, but in the XVIII century they were residents of the Madrid slums. They personified the ideal of female attractiveness in the Spanish sense, combining romanticism, self-esteem and vivid temperament. Continue reading

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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The Prado Museum in Madrid
The Prado Museum in Madrid is popular with both tourists and locals. This museum houses one of the most significant collections of art objects worldwide, plus temporary exhibitions are regularly…

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10 skillful fakes that museums took for originals
Artistic fakes are a very real threat that museums constantly have to contend with. Fake artifacts appear in many museums from time to time, which can be displayed for several…

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Why the picture of John Millet “Christ in the parental home” caused a scandal and the beginning of a new direction in art
The picture in which Christ and his family were depicted as "ordinary people" caused a once-great resonance in English society. Many considered the excessive realism inappropriate and even "disgusting." But…

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