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.…

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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…

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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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conceived as a museum

“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

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 secret, which was expressed in allegories and symbols – often poetic. Now social networks are used for this, then – albums, quite intimate, but not closed from other manuscript books.

Album History

Unlike diaries closed from prying eyes, albums were created to be shown – to friends and relatives, to those who would also be asked to leave a record. The albums were filled with the “wrong hand”, but at the same time bore the imprint of the owner’s personality – it was he who determined who to include in his inner circle and whose work to keep as a keepsake. Continue reading

How to make yourself a work of art

She became a vivid example of how you can make a work of art out of yourself. And to give your masterpiece a name – by the right of the artist and creator. After all, this woman with the original Russian name Lyudmila had a rather distant relationship with Russia, and she was not the first eighteen years of her life.

French beauty with Circassian roots

Monique Chemerzin was born in Paris in the family of the Frenchwoman Stefan Finett and the Circassian prince Avenir Chemerzin, who emigrated from Russia after the revolution. Monique’s father was an outstanding man. An engineer, inventor, mathematician, while still a colonel in the tsarist army, he came up with lighting rockets and a prototype of body armor – the “shell”, which has been used by the St. Petersburg police since 1906. Continue reading

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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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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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…

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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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