10 riddles of the “Mona Lisa” by the great Leonardo, which scientists are still struggling with today
There is an opinion that "a picture is better than a thousand words." But Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa has forced historians, art historians, and ordinary people to talk about…

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The stolen masterpieces: Famous paintings whose whereabouts are still unknown
The paintings of the great masters are not only artistic, but also quite measurable in monetary terms, value, and therefore are always in the focus of the robbers. Some of…

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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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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 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.

1. Khan Van Megeren
In 1932, the Dutch artist Khan van Megeren, wounded by criticism that his work was “unoriginal,” decided that he would create a “new and original work” by copying a picture of the great master Johann Vermeer. Continue reading

Fairytale illustrations by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale - the best British Victorian watercolourist
The Victorian era gave the world fantastic stories about elves and fairies, the movement of the Pre-Raphaelites, a return to medieval images and ideals. The last representative of this Victorian…

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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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Secrets of “The Last Day of Pompeii”: Which of the Contemporaries Karl Bryullov depicted four times in the picture
1939 years ago, on August 24, 79 AD, the most devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius occurred, as a result of which the cities of Herculaneum, Stabia and Pompeii were destroyed.…

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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,…

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