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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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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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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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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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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4 curious facts about famous works of art that make you look at them from the other side
Different people perceive works of art differently, and the viewer's point of view can radically differ from what the artist himself put into his work. And many famous paintings have…

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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…

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