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…

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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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How a boy from a poor Armenian family Hovhannes Gayvazyan gifted a painting to the Pope and became a great artist
Russian artist of Armenian descent. He was close to the emperor, had friendly relations with Pushkin, but did not read his works. I have never read a single book in…

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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 Racea”: What does the excursion poem about, which the artist Fedotov wrote in his painting “Major Matchmaking”

The painting by Pavel Andreyevich Fedotov “The Matchmaking of the Major” is now in the Tretyakov Gallery. She has no shortage of attention and viewers. All the more interesting is the tour conducted by the artist himself in the poem of his own work “The Racea”. It was written specifically for the story of the painting and read in 1849 at the exhibition of the Academy of Arts.

“Here you are kind to look!”
The racey, that is, edification, moralizing, concerns what is happening on the canvas. A whole performance was played before the viewer – with many actors, with understatement or, conversely, excessive pretentiousness, with the irony that the author put into the work – not just a painter, but also a playwright. Continue reading

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 entrepreneur, businessman and genius, fascinated by ancient literature. 5 stunning paintings that can change your mind.

Artist and diplomat Peter Paul Rubens left an immense legacy. Hundreds of works. Flemish masters were interested in various topics. In the paintings, religious subjects embodied in the colors of Greek myths, portraits of the crowned persons, landscapes, sketches, huge decorative paintings and even architectural projects. Continue reading

Unpleasant Art: Diseases and Death in 19th-20th Century Paintings
Art does not always appeal to the beautiful and beautiful, sometimes from the depicted on the canvases it takes a rash because of the plots chosen by the author. For…

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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…

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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…

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10 controversial paintings by famous artists that not everyone dares to hang at home
The paintings of famous masters are admired. They seek to acquire, if not originals, then at least reproductions. But among the huge number of paintings by great masters there are…

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