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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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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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…

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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

“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

“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 this case is the example of the appearance of fig leaves on antique statues. For the sake of preserving moral principles in the Middle Ages, thousands of ancient masterpieces underwent “great castration”. Interestingly, this tradition is gaining a “second wind” today.

The theme of nudes in art often becomes a stumbling block and still causes heated debate so far – does the artist have the right to expose her model, is this really an artistic device or just a way to attract unhealthy attention? In the case of ancient statues, it would seem that the issue was resolved a long time ago and unequivocally: they were created in the culture where nudity in men was considered normal and did not cause an ambiguous reaction. Continue reading

What is special about the landscapes that are called the most Italian: Veduta and Capriccio
History did not preserve the name of the tourist that the first one wanted to take away from Italy a picturesque "postcard" in memory of the trip and thereby laid…

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The family of artists da Vezzo: How the artist was destined for an early death, and her husband - fame and a new marriage
The happiness of family life and the happiness of self-realization in one's beloved business are eternal values ​​that existed back in the days of the Ottoman sultans and musketeer swords.…

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10 random discoveries that were made thanks to ancient art
Today, many cultures, cities and people of the past have been completely forgotten. Therefore, researchers often turn to art and inscriptions to learn more about life in antiquity. Some unusual…

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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…

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