What happened to 10 famous paintings that were spoiled by vandals
Paintings of famous (and sometimes not very masters) sometimes have a magical effect on people. And it happens that this is not only admiration and enthusiasm, but extreme reactions. So,…

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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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The rise and fall of Orest Kiprensky: For which the author of the best portrait of Pushkin was stoned and who saved him
Orest Kiprensky was gladly received in the homes of nobles not only in Russia, but also in France and Italy. His talent has gained recognition in Europe and, it seemed,…

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Romantic paintings with hidden connotations

You can talk about love in different ways – including in languages ​​of different styles of fine art. These languages ​​are understandable to everyone, despite the fact that the personalities of artists and the plots of their works often conceal a mystery and understatement.

Rembrandt – The Jewish Bride

The great master of the Baroque era touched on a wide variety of themes and genres in his works and brilliantly displayed the inner world of the characters in the paintings, carefully reflecting their facial expressions and masterfully using the play of light and shadow.

The name of the painting was not given at all by the artist himself, but by the Dutch collector Van der Hope in 1825, which gave rise to an incorrect interpretation of the plot. It was believed that the picture depicts a girl-bride and father who presented her with a pearl necklace before the wedding. However, over time, researchers have refuted this theory. Now it is generally accepted that Rembrandt portrayed a married couple, most likely – his son Titus and his wife Magdalen. Continue reading

Refined avant-garde artist Robert Falk: 4 muses, unnecessary Paris and later recognition in the homeland

Robert Rafailovich Falk is a Russian avant-garde artist with Jewish roots who went through a difficult career through the turbulent revolutionary years that broke the fate of many painters. Some of them – they emigrated, others – adapted to the new regime, and others, including Falk, who did not reconcile with the Soviet regime, went into the art opposition. For this, the artist was strictly punished by the existing regime.

Robert Falk was born in 1886 in Moscow to the Jewish family of Rafail Falk, a well-known lawyer and avid chess lover. Intelligent and educated parents sought to instill in their three sons an interest in equally venerable pursuits. Their family spoke only in German and all the children were identified in a prestigious Lutheran school, which was famous for strict orders. And at home the boys were brought up in a Spartan spirit. Continue reading

How a visit to the Hermitage turned the fate of a merchant: facts from the history of the Tretyakov Gallery are little known

It is unlikely that we could today contemplate and admire the masterpieces of Russian painting, if not for the event that happened a little more than 125 years ago. Namely, in the summer of 1892, the merchant Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov donated to the Muscovites the most valuable thing that he had – the work of his whole life – a collection of works of Russian art, which he had been collecting for almost 40 years.

Being a native of the famous merchant family, Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898) was not only a successful entrepreneur, but also a connoisseur of fine art, to which he had a special flair. Relying only on his artistic taste, he was able to distinguish true art from one-day paintings.

When collecting his collection, he did not pursue relevant works and fashionable authors; he was not interested in technique and elaborate manner. Sometimes he bought canvases contrary to criticisms from the public and art historians. Continue reading

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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Sergey Kalmykov: Why was the last Russian avant-garde considered a city madman
The popular opinion, according to which every genius is a little crazy, with respect to Sergei Ivanovich Kalmykov, acquires special significance. The history of this artist, who managed not only…

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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…

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"The Secret of Things" in the paintings of Rene Magritte, who wanted to "make everyday life less dreary"
“To make everyday life less dreary” - this was the task set by the Belgian artist Rene Magritte. His paintings do not just attract attention - they can inspire alarm,…

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