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 -…

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What Censorship Looks Like at Christian College: Ruffles, Pants, and Skirts in the Paintings and Murals of Great Masters
For many centuries, it was religion that prompted brilliant people to create their masterpieces. It was during the construction of churches that architects revealed their talents, and most of the…

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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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Pis pug, Lucifer and other controversial sculptures, which caused a lot of controversy

Any kind of art is controversial, and statues are no exception. Given that they are made, as a rule, in honor of famous people, objects or events, sculptures simply cannot have the same attitude for all people. Therefore, it is not surprising that often ordinary statues are the cause of contention.

1. Lucifer from Liege
“Lucifer of Liege” – a statue in the Cathedral of St. Paul in the Belgian city of Liege. The official name of the statue is Le genie du mal (“Genius of Evil). It was made in 1848 by the sculptor Guillaume Gifs. But few people know that in fact the “Genius of Evil” was not the original statue of Lucifer, created for the church. Before it was born L’ange du mal (“Angel of Evil”), which was made by the brother of Guillaume, Joseph in 1842. Continue reading

From cave paintings to political graffiti: 11 paintings that changed the world

Usually an object of art is considered from the point of view of entertainment – it pleases the eye, can raise the mood or entertain a person. But art is also capable of making real changes in the world. Pablo Picasso once even declared: “No, painting is not created to decorate a home. She is an instrument of war for attack and victory over the enemy! ” And it looks like he was right. Some canvases completely changed people’s ideas about social problems, about politics, and sometimes about art itself.

1. “Lascaux Caves”
Rock paintings in the cave of Lascaux. 17,000 years ago

One of the oldest paintings in the world made a splash, but it happened 17,000 years after it was painted. In 1940, a group of young people arranged a guided tour of a cave in a French village. Inside it, they found one of the most unusual examples of prehistoric art in the world. Although this is not the oldest example of cave paintings, it is one of the earliest examples of exquisite painting, demonstrating that people have always sought art. 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 of power, which is why these or those paintings were not accepted for display at public exhibitions. Several such stories occurred in the Russian Empire, and they are associated not with some little-known artists, but with universally recognized brush masters.
One of the most famous wanderers, Ilya Repin, by the 1880s, was an artist with great experience. His paintings were bought by Pavel Tretyakov, cultural figures such as the writer Turgenev and composer Mussorgsky posed for him. In addition to portraits and a social theme (for example, “Barge Haulers on the Volga”), Repin was always interested in historical subjects. The legend that Tsar Ivan the Terrible, in a fit of anger, dealt a mortal blow to his son Ivan by a staff, was known thanks to historical work, although it is difficult to judge how true it is. Continue reading

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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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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The Mystery of Pam’yatati. "Kilimi" Nataliya Korf-Ivanyuk
The mystery of Natalia Korf-Ivanyuk from the ear itself was hard to the fruit of the people, see how organically you are, representing the whole artistic structure. So, the new…

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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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