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 -…

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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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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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“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

10 paintings by great artists depicting the darkest pages of history

Before the invention of photography, People kept the memory of various historical events in the paintings. Such paintings often romanticized the struggle or presented various scenes in a distorted form to convey the horror experienced by our ancestors. Here are examples of the darkest and most disturbing paintings, which depict historical atrocities and disasters over the past 450 years. They perfectly reflect the horrors that happened many years ago.

1. Beating of infants (c. 1565-1567). Peter Brueghel the Elder

Bruegel, a Flemish Renaissance artist, based the plot of his painting on biblical history. The Jewish king Herod the Great, learning about the birth of a baby who will become the new king of ancient Israel and Judea, ordered to kill all the boys under the age of 2 years. But instead of depicting Bethlehem, Brueghel painted a Dutch village, on the eve of the great uprising against Spanish rule, which lasted eighty years (from 1568 to 1648). Thus, for Brueghel, his fellow Dutchmen personify “innocent babies”, and the Spanish king Philip II – a new tyrant in the form of Herod. 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.…

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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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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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What candy candy wrappers tell 150 years ago about the pre-revolutionary history of Russia
Collecting candy wrappers can be considered a frivolous occupation, but sakulumistics is a hobby that is very popular today. Studying huge collections, you can find rare packages from sweets that…

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