conceived as a museum
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
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.
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
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