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…

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Ciphers, signs and self-portraits: How artists of the past signed their paintings
Not every masterpiece of painting contains the signature of the artist. There were reasons for this, both at the dawn of the Renaissance and in the modern era; they are…

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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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Michelangelo and other talented falsifiers who managed to fool the world of art

Art has long turned into a profitable business, which brings millions of especially experienced people. After all, real masterpieces cost huge sums. The dealer receives his share, the auction house receives commissions, and the buyer receives the desired picture. And in this chain, it is not beneficial for anyone to find out that in fact the picture is a fake. Therefore, such incidents are usually silent.

Experts believe that on the international art market, about half of the paintings can be fakes, and in large museum collections of fakes about 20%. So, in April 2018, one museum in France discovered that 82 of Etienne Terrus’s 140 paintings stored in his collection were false. Fakes were discovered only when the keen visitor noticed that some of the buildings depicted in the paintings were built after the death of the artist. Continue reading

Secrets of self-portraits of famous artists: Reflection in the mirror, portrait-bacon and other oddities

Self-portrait in most cases is an instrument of narcissism, an attempt to leave your image in eternity. But if a genius takes up the matter, his image on canvas can turn into a real masterpiece, which not only perpetuates the appearance of the master, but also puzzles, surprises, fascinates the viewer. For centuries, some of these self-portraits have been knocked out of the familiar notion of this genre, while not losing either their fans or the attention of researchers.

1. Jan van Eyck, “Portrait of the Arnolfini Couple”

It is from the Renaissance that the development of the self-portrait genre begins – an interest in a person and a person naturally generated the artist’s attention to his own image. Continue reading

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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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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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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.…

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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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