What connects Stalin, the USA, the mafia, lemons and bananas: Fruits and their role in history
You never know when and how a seemingly trifle will affect the politics or economies of countries. Here, for example, fruit. With Rodari, they generally do politics personally, with the…

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What connects Stalin, the USA, the mafia, lemons and bananas: Fruits and their role in history
You never know when and how a seemingly trifle will affect the politics or economies of countries. Here, for example, fruit. With Rodari, they generally do politics personally, with the…

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From cave paintings to drawings of the great Pushkin: History of a portrait profile
The profile, which in the modern world is associated primarily with self-presentation in the Internet space, in its original meaning of a half-turn, a silhouette, is almost the same age…

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6 artists who use their talent to help preserve the ocean

On June 8, the world celebrated Ocean Day, and many artists dedicated various events to this holiday to draw attention to the problem of ocean conservation. Someone focuses on the beauty of the flora and fauna of the ocean, someone focuses on the pollution of its plastic and oil.

Portuguese artist Vanessa Barragao manually creates huge rugs with a nautical theme. To do this, Vanessa uses several techniques at once – and crocheting, and knitting, and felting, and tufting, and embroidery. Thus, from pieces of fabric and thread, she creates whole tapestries that look like the bottom of the ocean, especially coral reefs.
“Coral reefs are an integral, complex organism, the heart of the ocean, in which every organism depends on another,” Vanessa says. Continue reading

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 are more than 150 years old! In addition to collectors, they are also of interest to historians, because you can trace the history of our country from the bright pictures from the middle of the 19th century.

The first candy wrappers appeared less than two hundred years ago. For a long time, sweets were the creation of cooks and they were served only to the table. When mass production began, they did not immediately think about packaging – plain paper stuck to sweets, and greatly increased their cost. However, for the convenience of transportation, storage and simple hygiene, sweets in England and France in the 19th century began to be wrapped in foil. Continue reading

Poster of the exhibition “Louis Vuitton Foundation Collection” in Moscow
Wealthy companies collect art for two reasons. Because they are responsible businessmen, investing part of superprofits in something rational, kind, eternal. And because works of art are a good investment.…

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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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“Special Look”: Exhibition “Schukin. Collection Biography ”at the Pushkin Museum
Together with the portal “Special Vision”, the editors of “Your leisure” continue the column in which blind critics write reviews and reviews of performances, exhibitions, concerts and cinema. The first…

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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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