Cultural route

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…

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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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Why the picture of John Millet “Christ in the parental home” caused a scandal and the beginning of a new direction in art
The picture in which Christ and his family were depicted as "ordinary people" caused a once-great resonance in English society. Many considered the excessive realism inappropriate and even "disgusting." But…

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The best photo cosplay on the paintings of famous artists made for the project “Sfotkay type Rembrandt”

Back in December 2018, an open project “Sfotkay like Rembrandt” was launched, a huge number of people became interested. The project participants were supposed to reproduce famous works of classical art in their photographs. And I must say that many managed to reproduce the atmosphere of masterpieces to the smallest detail. This review contains the most striking and interesting works of participants in this unusual project.

“We revive the past!”, The organizers of the open project “Sfotkay Rembrandt Type” addressed all lovers of creativity and photography, and they began to come to work for the contest from all over the world. In photographs, not only classical paintings come to life, but also sculptures and medieval miniatures – the imagination of the project participants is absolutely unlimited. And what happens – see for yourself. Continue reading

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 been holding this title for many centuries, was neither one nor the other – except that as a work of art, she took her own biography, becoming herself a source of inspiration.

Duke of Ferrara is a girl from a good family

Italy of the 15th century was a territory divided into separate states with many ruling families. One of them was the d’Este dynasty of Ferrara. The duke Ercole, a traveler and art lover, having married – not without political considerations – Leonora Neapolitan, left behind a brilliant offspring. Each of his offspring played a significant role in the state life of the peninsula, but the eldest girl, Isabella, was destined for a special fate – to become the prima donna of the Renaissance. Continue reading

Why the extravagant genius of the Renaissance has not been recognized for centuries in the Homeland: “Another Venetian” by Lorenzo Lotto

Among the great Italian Renaissance artists, Lorenzo Lotto occupies a special place. More recently, this painter was in the shadow of his famous contemporaries and countrymen, for centuries remaining unrecognized even in his homeland. Meanwhile, the creative and life path of this misanthrope and non-conformist of the times of Titian, as well as the fate of some of his paintings, deserve attention, study, and often admiration.

Lorenzo Lotto was born in 1480. Italian art in those days entered the era of the High Renaissance. The main direction in painting was determined by Venetian artists, and the inhabitants of mainland Italy strove to this city to adopt the manner of eminent masters and find expression and recognition of their talent.

Despite the fact that Lotto was lucky enough to spend his childhood and youth in Venice, having received an art education there, he did not become a Venetian artist in a sense. Continue reading

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 – at first confusing, always bewitching and memorable.

It is now impossible to determine which of the ancient artists guessed about the possibilities that the image opens on the flat surface of a three-dimensional object. But both the Greeks and the Romans used the drawings on the walls in order to visually enlarge the room, to make it lighter, more spacious, more beautiful – so false windows, doors, atriums appeared. Findings in Pompeii and Herculaneum – ancient Roman cities where most of the frescoes of antiquity have survived – show that even in those days, illusion paintings were popular. Continue reading

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 as the fine art. The appearance of a profile portrait, as well as the decline in its popularity, is most directly related to the main stages of the development of human culture.
The ancestors of modern man knew how to create images of their own kind in the Paleolithic period. The surviving cave paintings show scenes from the life of a caveman, with animals and people, as a rule, painted in profile.
In ancient Egypt, a man’s head was also portrayed from a side angle, while the body was turned towards the viewer. The Assyrians and artists of the early periods of civilization of Ancient Greece adhered to the same rules. The fact is that drawing a profile required significantly less skills from a master than using other angles, nevertheless allowing to achieve similarity with the original and realize the goals of the work. Continue reading

10 random discoveries that were made thanks to ancient art
Today, many cultures, cities and people of the past have been completely forgotten. Therefore, researchers often turn to art and inscriptions to learn more about life in antiquity. Some unusual…


How the famous artist Vasnetsov and his brothers created fabulous furniture for Russian towers
Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov - one of the most famous Russian artists, his brother Apollinarius is also known, but rather to those who are interested in historical painting and theater. Other…


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…


Why the extravagant genius of the Renaissance has not been recognized for centuries in the Homeland: “Another Venetian” by Lorenzo Lotto
Among the great Italian Renaissance artists, Lorenzo Lotto occupies a special place. More recently, this painter was in the shadow of his famous contemporaries and countrymen, for centuries remaining unrecognized…