“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.…

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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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Secrets of self-portraits of famous artists: Reflection in the mirror, portrait-bacon and other oddities
Self-portrait in most cases is an instrument of narcissism, an attempt to leave your image in eternity. But if a genius takes up the matter, his image on canvas can…

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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 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

Petro Bevza. The presence of the symbol
In the technocratic labyrinths of an hourly megalopolis, people have a drink of the “most important” part in chaotic, bustling space that is meticulously meticulous. If you are lost, you’ll…

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The best photo cosplay on the paintings of famous artists made for the project "Sfotkay type Rembrandt"
Back in December 2018, an open project “Sfotkay like Rembrandt” was launched, a huge number of people became interested. The project participants were supposed to reproduce famous works of classical…

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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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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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