expect from a museum
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
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 help of the revolution, but in real history, politics takes place, rather, around them. Fortunately, only occasionally. Not very nice to depend on fruits.
Lemons, Mafia and Stalin
Lemons were not a very popular fruit for a very long time. They were added a little to baking and made lemonade from them, but in general, these fruits were not very valued until it was proved that lemons in the diet of sailors prevent the development of scurvy. Since trade was very much tied to maritime routes, the demand for lemons skyrocketed. 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