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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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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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 Russia that the great Russian artist Konstantin Makovsky showed the Americans on his canvases. The success of the “Russian Rubens” in America was so great that Konstantin Egorovich in 1901 decided to visit the New World. During this trip, the craftsmen were invited to paint a portrait of US President Theodore Roosevelt.

The conventional wisdom that talent should be hungry was clearly not related to Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky. At the end of the 19th century, he was probably one of the most successful and sought-after masters in Russia. Given his incredible creative fecundity and high speed, the artist very quickly became one of the best-selling. At the same time, the master was able to show the businessman’s talent. Incredibly raising the prices of his canvases, he undoubtedly won on this. 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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What paintings of Russian classics were banned from showing, and for what reason they fell out of favor with censors
We used to associate censorship prohibitions with forbidden books or films. But even in such a seemingly harmless genre of art as painting, artists could go against the ideological principles…

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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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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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