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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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…

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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…

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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 cunning. The artist himself had leadership abilities and was very energetic and resourceful. What medium did the art theorist grow from? We understand the pedigree.

A mixture of blood and mentalities
The family tree of Vasily Kandinsky is striking in its diversity. In the first half of the XIX century, his great-great-grandfather was known as the famous robber. There is a version that he robbed caravans on the Silk Road. According to other sources, Pyotr Alekseevich, who at that time worked as a Yakut posadnik, robbed several monasteries in 1752. But the case was opened and he was exiled to hard labor in Transbaikalia. There, the sly man, apparently, got on well and acquired offspring. Continue reading

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. And it should be noted that they will still talk about their creators for more than one coming century. One of such miracle masters lived and worked in the first half of the 18th century. And his name is Christian Saybold.

Artist Christian Seybold (1690-1768) is an Austrian portrait painter of German descent, whose childhood and youth are practically unknown. Historians reliably state only that his father was from the German city of Oberursel, in the Prussian province …, and that Christian was one of 11 children of a large family. Continue reading

10 world famous works of art that were never finished

When composers, artists or writers begin work on their works, they are sure that they will finish the job. Otherwise, why? But their aspirations are not always justified. Sometimes it happens that works of art for various reasons remain incomplete. However, some of these unfinished works have become world famous and have enjoyed worldwide fame and popularity for more than a century.

1. “Saint Jerome” by Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci considered himself more an engineer than an artist. Perhaps that is why he has few finished paintings. For example, his painting “St. Jerome”.

The canvas dates from around 1480, and it depicts a repentant saint hermit against a rocky landscape. The unfinished painting was most likely kept by da Vinci until his death, but it is not clear what happened to her next. The earliest mention of the painting dates back to the 19th century (in the will of the Swiss artist Angelika Kaufman). Continue reading

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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…

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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…

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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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10 world famous works of art that were never finished
When composers, artists or writers begin work on their works, they are sure that they will finish the job. Otherwise, why? But their aspirations are not always justified. Sometimes it…

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