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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What is the secret of Russian beauties in portraits of Konstantin Makovsky
Konstantin Makovsky was one of the most fashionable and, as they would say, “sought-after” artists of the 19th – early 20th centuries. Emperor Alexander II called him “my painter”, and…

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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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“Marriage takes away hope”: How artist Paula Moderson-Becker sought a balance between family and work

At the end of the 19th century, the inhabitants of the German village of Vorpsvede only said that they were talking about eccentric artists who lived there. Young men and women wandered with sketchbooks in the vicinity of Vorpsveda, transferring stunted birch trees, small rivers and stale foliage to the canvas. The canvases of one of them, Otto Moderson, were seen at the exhibition by a young artist – Paula Becker – and this completely turned her life upside down.

Paula Becker was born in Dresden. Her father was an engineer, and her mother came from a noble family of von Bulttsingsleven. Parents devoted all their efforts to ensure that their three offspring received a good education and upbringing – but they thought very traditionally, so Paula had to study languages ​​and home economics. Continue reading

The artist turns the climate graphics of scientists into watercolors and clearly shows what this means for the planet.

Gillian Pelto is a young explorer of Earth’s glaciers. She has an unusual hobby. She takes graphs with different data on how the climate on the planet is changing, and turns their lines into watercolor drawings, clearly showing how climate changes affect familiar landscapes and the inhabitants of the planet.

Pelto fell in love with the glaciers when she was sixteen years old and her father, an ice explorer, took her to work. Then she first saw them live. She also wanted to study them, and she received the education of a glaciologist. Alas, to her grief, she learned that the glaciers are disappearing, collapsing, and in many places where the landscape of the icy mountains was usual, now there are only stones and a swamp. Then she realized that the trouble affected not only the glaciers, and wanted to convey to people what she herself had very well seen in the graphs, numbers and dry lines of the reports. She uploads her drawings on Twitter. Continue reading

Why the picture of John Millet “Christ in the parental home” caused a scandal and the beginning of a new direction in art

The picture in which Christ and his family were depicted as “ordinary people” caused a once-great resonance in English society. Many considered the excessive realism inappropriate and even “disgusting.” But the young artist who created this work had his own motives for that – and time has shown that the calculation was justified.

Conquer the Academy of Arts and start a rebellion against its foundations

The author of the picture, which caused an extremely stormy resonance in English society, was John Everett Millet, who was born in Southampton in 1829. He was considered a young genius – from the age of nine he showed brilliant abilities in drawing, and from eleven became the youngest student of the Royal Academy of Arts in its entire history. 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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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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Adam Elsheimer is an artist who inspired the great Rembrandt and amazed modern astronomers.
The artist, whose name is consonant with the name of the famous German psychiatrist, was born several centuries earlier and gained, it would seem, much less popularity. But among the…

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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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