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…

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"The Great Castration": How the shame was covered in paintings and sculptures at different times
The history of art knows many examples when, at the change of cultural eras, works created by predecessors begin to be perceived not quite correctly. Probably the most revealing in…

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How Russian artist Makovsky painted a portrait of the US president and opened the “Russian style” to Americans
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Western world discovered the Russian style. Sundresses, kokoshniks, furs and precious fabrics, boyars and feasts - this is exactly the kind of…

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How the “woman with a man’s soul”, which Rubens himself painted, became the first lady of the Renaissance

The first lady of the Renaissance – such an honorary title could receive a great artist or muse for the creators of that era. But Isabella d’Este, namely, she has been holding this title for many centuries, was neither one nor the other – except that as a work of art, she took her own biography, becoming herself a source of inspiration.

Duke of Ferrara is a girl from a good family

Italy of the 15th century was a territory divided into separate states with many ruling families. One of them was the d’Este dynasty of Ferrara. The duke Ercole, a traveler and art lover, having married – not without political considerations – Leonora Neapolitan, left behind a brilliant offspring. Each of his offspring played a significant role in the state life of the peninsula, but the eldest girl, Isabella, was destined for a special fate – to become the prima donna of the Renaissance. Continue reading

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 – at first confusing, always bewitching and memorable.

It is now impossible to determine which of the ancient artists guessed about the possibilities that the image opens on the flat surface of a three-dimensional object. But both the Greeks and the Romans used the drawings on the walls in order to visually enlarge the room, to make it lighter, more spacious, more beautiful – so false windows, doors, atriums appeared. Findings in Pompeii and Herculaneum – ancient Roman cities where most of the frescoes of antiquity have survived – show that even in those days, illusion paintings were popular. Continue reading

Ciphers, signs and self-portraits: How artists of the past signed their paintings

Not every masterpiece of painting contains the signature of the artist. There were reasons for this, both at the dawn of the Renaissance and in the modern era; they are now. Some of the works were “signed” by the masters in unusual ways – symbols in which an indication of the identity of the author was hidden. Bones, butterflies, cats appeared in the paintings for a reason.

Why it was not customary to sign a work before

Having finished work, put your signature in the lower right corner of the picture – a custom that entered the practice of artists during the early Renaissance. Continue reading

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At the chest in Kiev there is a large-scale exhibition of the Ukrainian avant-garde at the center of the present mystery of M17. Surrounding that on the cob for a…

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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…

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What connects Stalin, the USA, the mafia, lemons and bananas: Fruits and their role in history
You never know when and how a seemingly trifle will affect the politics or economies of countries. Here, for example, fruit. With Rodari, they generally do politics personally, with the…

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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.…

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