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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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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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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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

Exhibition of Ukrainian art in the Saatchi Gallery

Within the framework of the annual festival “Days of Ukraine in the UK”, which is held by the Firtash Foundation, in the London gallery Saatchi for the second time the official opening of the exhibition of contemporary Ukrainian art.

The exhibition “Foreboding: Ukrainian Art Today” brought together more than 30 artists, many of whom are exhibited in a foreign gallery for the first time. Therefore, the first thing about the exhibition and the desired topic I wanted to hear the opinion of artists.

We are in a different dimension, starting with prices and continuing with the mental scales that people think. It seems that expositionally they are also in a different dimension – they have more space, they freely play with it. I feel comfortable. Continue reading

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 the “woman with a man’s soul”, which Rubens himself painted, became the first lady of the Renaissance
The first lady of the Renaissance - such an honorary title could receive a great artist or muse for the creators of that era. But Isabella d’Este, namely, she has…

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Unknown portrait of Da Vinci’s brush: Did the great master really write “Princess Leonardo” and whom he portrayed
It may seem that the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci has many paintings - this artist, who died five hundred years ago, is mentioned too much and too often in…

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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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