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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 Spanish court of King Philip numbered more than a hundred dwarfs, and the French court of Catherine de Medici – about 80. The court artists, portraying the monarchs, did not forget about their favorites. They were especially sympathetic to young people and, capturing on their canvases, showed sincere sympathy for them. The story of the double portrait of the nude midget of Morgante by the Flemish Agnolo di Cosimo, which is described later in the review, is very impressive.
An indispensable attribute of the royal courts of medieval Europe were jesters and dwarfs, which served as fun for nobles and kings. Moreover, their role in the ruling courts and aristocratic families was unusually important. 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
Today, Frida Kahlo is considered the founder of Mexican modernism and the brightest figure in Mexican culture. She is adored and known throughout the world. Recently, a large collection of materials related to the artist has appeared on the Web – Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with 33 museums, created the project “Faces of Frida”. This review contains paintings by Kahlo that have become autobiographical.
In total, the collection contains about 800 artifacts related to the artist: essays by her biographers and critics, little-known sketches, drafts and early works, letters and photographs of the artist, items of her wardrobe.
1. “Accident”, 1926 Continue reading