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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“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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Michelangelo and other talented falsifiers who managed to fool the world of art
Art has long turned into a profitable business, which brings millions of especially experienced people. After all, real masterpieces cost huge sums. The dealer receives his share, the auction house…

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How philanthropist Savva Mamontov revived Russian ceramics: Unique majolica Abramtseva

Everyone knows about the influence that philanthropist Savva Mamontov had on patronage of Russian culture, who gathered the greatest artists at his Abramtsevo estate. But special attention is required to create the famous majolica plant. With the help of talented artists and an equally talented chemist, the production of Savva Mamontov made a real breakthrough in ceramic technology. The Abramtsevo majolica, preserved on the facades of houses, still pleases the eye as a monument to the modern era and an unsurpassed art form.

An experimental ceramic art workshop appeared in this unique corner of Russian culture in 1889, 19 years after Savva Mamontov acquired the estate from writer Sergei Aksakov. Continue reading

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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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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Art of lyric phantasmagorium Irini Nefyodovo
The pool of the Ukrainian mystery is to be updated with new names and guises, to represent the most significant trends in creativity, while they are more technical and technologically…

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Cultural route
At the chest in Kiev there is a large-scale exhibition of the Ukrainian avant-garde at the center of the present mystery of M17. Surrounding that on the cob for a…

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