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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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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10 skillful fakes that museums took for originals
Artistic fakes are a very real threat that museums constantly have to contend with. Fake artifacts appear in many museums from time to time, which can be displayed for several…

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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 findings can change the “facts” and even shed light on complex issues. The most remarkable discoveries are often accidental, and then scientists are amazed to discover both mysterious paintings and entire lost civilizations.

1. Frescoes in the octagonal tomb

In 2012, Chinese archaeologists made a find that only recently became known to the rest of the scientific community. It was an octagon-shaped tomb topped with a pyramidal roof. Continue reading

What candy candy wrappers tell 150 years ago about the pre-revolutionary history of Russia

Collecting candy wrappers can be considered a frivolous occupation, but sakulumistics is a hobby that is very popular today. Studying huge collections, you can find rare packages from sweets that are more than 150 years old! In addition to collectors, they are also of interest to historians, because you can trace the history of our country from the bright pictures from the middle of the 19th century.

The first candy wrappers appeared less than two hundred years ago. For a long time, sweets were the creation of cooks and they were served only to the table. When mass production began, they did not immediately think about packaging – plain paper stuck to sweets, and greatly increased their cost. However, for the convenience of transportation, storage and simple hygiene, sweets in England and France in the 19th century began to be wrapped in foil. Continue reading

How Pavel Tretyakov competed with the emperor to create the most famous art gallery in Moscow
Before the revolution, patronage of the arts was considered not only charitable, but also beneficial for the donor himself, and the point here was not taxes at all. According to…

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What impact do paintings of Savrasov, Levitan and other famous landscape painters have on people
To understand these landscapes, one does not need any art education, no general erudition, or even knowledge of the name of the artist. The painting itself appeals to the viewer,…

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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…

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Petro Bevza. The presence of the symbol
In the technocratic labyrinths of an hourly megalopolis, people have a drink of the “most important” part in chaotic, bustling space that is meticulously meticulous. If you are lost, you’ll…

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