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Frightening mercy, drunk babies and flabby gods: Provocative antique stories on the canvases of the great Rubens
Rubens is a court painter and, at the same time, a rebel. He chooses the most provocative antique stories. In his house he organizes a real art manufactory. A talented…

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Adam Elsheimer is an artist who inspired the great Rembrandt and amazed modern astronomers.
The artist, whose name is consonant with the name of the famous German psychiatrist, was born several centuries earlier and gained, it would seem, much less popularity. But among the…

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7 creative lives of the artist Ivan Bilibin, who painted truly terrible tales
Most ordinary people, living their lives, learn one profession and believe that this is quite enough. Creative individuals often work in several related fields. But only a few can boast…

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The charm of summer: Young beauties with floral wreaths on the canvases of famous painters

In the warm summer months, fields, hills and forests are fragrant, decorated with floral mosaics, and girls weave wreaths of wild flowers. Since ancient times, young lovers have multiplied their beauty with flowers, because they seem to be made for each other. And what can decorate a young girl better than a wreath made of many wildflowers? Girls admired the flowers and wove wreaths from them, and admired artists painted their portraits. And these portraits are sheer charm.

Young beauties in lovely wreaths

A wreath of wildflowers is one of the simplest, most affordable, and at the same time exquisite jewelry for the head. And in painting, flower wreaths are a very beautiful and touching theme that takes us to distant childhood. Portraits of young creatures in flower wreaths are unusually romantic. Many of these works can be found in Russian artists. Continue reading

The naked Christ, a corpse on his hands, strange perspectives for a little daughter. What shocked famous artists

We are used to perceive famous artists through brief explanations of their paintings. This makes their images almost ethereal. As if there was nothing but painting in their life, and as if their painting immediately became a sacred classic. But the artists were full-blooded people. Their work was sometimes puzzling, and their actions – condemnation.

Zinaida Serebryakova

The daughter, granddaughter, niece of some artists, mother, aunt and grandmother of others, she herself seems to be the embodiment of purity and love of art. So, in general, it is. Serebryakova was not prone to drunken revelry and all those sins in which it is usually customary to reproach Bohemia. Continue reading

What was the fate of “Big Sue”, which posed Freud’s grandson for the scandalous paintings that made him a millionaire

Lucian Freud and Sue Tilly: The Story of a Scandalous Muse.

If the fame of the artists could be measured in kilograms, then the scales of Lucien Freud (yes, that scandalous grandson of the great psychoanalyst) would have increased by 127 kg immediately. That was exactly what Big Sue had, the so-called model artist Sue Till, whom he depicted in one of his most famous paintings.

The woman, completely naked, seems to be sleeping soundly. And the artist is fascinated by her body: fat, not muscular and not fit, with, as Freud loved “100% made of flesh.” The folds of her massive body seem to flicker with all shades of brown, pink and white. As an artist, she crept up to her … and is the goddess angry when she wakes up? Continue reading

10 famous paintings, plots and characters of which today are interpreted incorrectly

You all misunderstood … The Cheju Museum of Optical Illusion.

There are many paintings in the world that, it would seem, are even known to art amateurs, but at the same time, even authoritative art historians interpret these paintings quite incorrectly. In this review, a dozen paintings in which their creators have put a deeper meaning than it might seem from the first (and sometimes even from the second) look.

1. Happy swing opportunities
This famous picture of the Rococo era was even shown in Disney’s Frozen. However, Fragonard clearly put a deeper meaning into his work than Disney. The picture shows a young woman who is rocked on a swing in a romantic garden by an elderly man. This man is clearly unaware of the presence of a young lover of a girl who is watching them from the bushes. Continue reading

Immoral Art: How Kitagawa Utamaro became famous for depicting geishas and offended the Japanese government in one engraving

Kitagawa Utamaro is an iconic Japanese artist whose engravings are world famous. He devoted his life to portraying the inhabitants of the “merry quarters” – geishas and the maids of tea houses, and he worked, despite the prohibitions. His name meant “the river of abundant happiness,” but the artist’s life was not happy.

During the Edo period, during the reign of the Tokugawa clan – around the 17th century – an art movement appeared that became the hallmark of Japanese art in the eyes of the entire Western world.

The term itself originally meant “mortal world” or “vale of sorrow”, but the engravings of ukiyo-e are not at all sad. At that time, life in Tokyo was in full swing: those city blocks were rebuilt where the Kabuki theater flourished and the houses of geishas and courtesans were located. The first ukiyo-e artists portrayed the diverse inhabitants of these “fun neighborhoods” – beautiful geisha, stern sumo wrestlers, Kabuki theater actors with their masks and costumes, and therefore the word itself changed its meaning and began to mean “a world full of love.” Continue reading

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Frightening mercy, drunk babies and flabby gods: Provocative antique stories on the canvases of the great Rubens
Rubens is a court painter and, at the same time, a rebel. He chooses the most provocative antique stories. In his house he organizes a real art manufactory. A talented…

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The Last Pre-Raphaelite: John William Waterhouse - an artist who wrote strong women with a difficult fate
John William Waterhouse is often called the last Pre-Raphaelite. Beautiful long-haired virgins, mythological and medieval plots, wild herbs and overgrown ponds are related to his work with paintings by Millet…

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What is the secret of Russian beauties in portraits of Konstantin Makovsky
Konstantin Makovsky was one of the most fashionable and, as they would say, “sought-after” artists of the 19th – early 20th centuries. Emperor Alexander II called him “my painter”, and…

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Jesters and advisers of the monarchs: Famous dwarfs of the Middle Ages on the canvases of court artists
Dwarfs in Medieval Europe were very popular, and the love of them in Italian courts bordered on mania: the clans of Ferrari, Visconti, the Medici kept them at court. The…

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