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

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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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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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pants rather than a skirt

Kajar painting: a window into the life and fashion of Muslim harems of past centuries

About how life and the manner of dressing Muslim women in harem look like, European people for a long time made representations according to the fantasies of painters. These fantasies usually included a lying naked woman in European style (less often – standing) and a couple of slaves in the eastern surroundings. Meanwhile, during the reign of the Qajar dynasty, portraiture blossomed in Muslim Iran, thanks to which you can see how orientalist artists guessed or did not guess with their canvases. Just say: naked women are there.

Just as the East influenced Europe, giving rise to fashion for huge Indian shawls and turbans, which became the women’s headdress in the West, so the West influenced the fashion of the East. It was under the impression of Western paintings that a new portraiture and genre painting developed in Iran, sometimes very bizarrely combining the traditions of a flat, stylized oriental portrait and Western realism. Since the painters were very dependent on customers, the images, first of all, indulged the tastes of customers and did not allow excessive experimentation. So the style of the artists under the Qajar dynasty is pretty uniform. Continue reading

People-birds, beautiful ladies and the joy of life: 6 forgotten artists who will change the idea of Soviet painting
They worked in the harsh conditions of socialist realism, but paintings with farmers and tractors are not their style. Their paintings were crushed by bulldozers, not allowed to go to…

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Funny winter paintings of the Dutchman Anton Peak, which will give a New Year mood
The anticipation of the New Year holidays, which in childhood always arose on its own, dulls over time among many of us. And if the New Year mood does not…

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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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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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