“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…

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Mysteries of the Tretyakov Gallery: What secrets do the canvases of Kramskoy and Vrubel hide
The unique collection of the museum has more than 180 thousand works of Russian art of different eras and styles. And every masterpiece of the Tretyakov Gallery has its own…

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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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The rise and fall of Orest Kiprensky: For which the author of the best portrait of Pushkin was stoned and who saved him

Orest Kiprensky was gladly received in the homes of nobles not only in Russia, but also in France and Italy. His talent has gained recognition in Europe and, it seemed, nothing can interfere with his ascent to fame and fortune. However, a tragic accident at one moment destroyed all his hopes and aspirations. Orest Kiprensky again had to prove step by step his significance in his own country and abroad.

On the road to fame

Kiprensky’s parents recorded serfs Anna Gavrilova and her husband Adam Schwalbe, but the fact that Orest is the illegitimate son of the landowner Dyakonov could not be hidden. However, Alexey Dyakonov himself gave his son free, as soon as he reached the age of 6 years.
At the same time, under the auspices of Dyakonov, Orest Kiprensky was determined at the school at the Academy of Arts. Continue reading

What riddles did the Flemish master encrypt in his paintings?

The paintings written by the so-called Flemish author are distinguished by the fact that in trying to unravel whose brush each of his creations belongs to, one has to be distracted by numerous details that are very realistic, but sometimes mysterious. It becomes obvious: no matter who the author who created these works, he is certainly a genius.

Who was the Flemish master?

J. da Milano “Worship.” Such was the pictorial style in Europe a hundred years before the Flemish master

In the collections of paintings of the XV century, art historians distinguish a special group – it includes works that became the basis for the development of Dutch painting and clearly belong to the brush of one artist or representatives of a single school. Continue reading

As an artist, Cardinal Richelieu fulfilled a vow given during the illness of his daughter

In France, the age of d’Artagnan in 1662, the artist Philippe de Champaign set to work on a new painting. Not by order of the royal court, as usual – in fulfillment of a vow. Champaign has long ceased to have a family – his wife passed away twenty-four years, and Claude’s son is not alive, her daughter Francoise died. Only Catherine, twenty-six years old, is alive, she is a nun of the Abbey of Por Royal, and recently a miracle happened to her, thanks to which, smear after brushstroke appears, one of Champaign’s best works.

Flemish, who was recognized at the French court

Philippe de Champaign was born in a tailor’s family in Brussels in 1602. His childhood passed in poverty, but the talent for drawing manifested, along with the stubbornness of the boy, did their job – from twelve to sixteen Philip studied with Jean Bouillon, then with Michel de Burdo. With eighteen, the young Flemish teacher became a landscape painter Jacques Fouciere. Continue reading

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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Because of what, the brilliant Victorian artist Richard Dudd dealt with his father and ended up in the "yellow house"
A true artist, and even more so the founder of a new style in art, is supposed to be a little crazy. Sometimes outrageous makes the master a true legend.…

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7 creative lives of the artist Ivan Bilibin, who painted truly terrible tales
Most ordinary people, living their lives, learn one profession and believe that this is quite enough. Creative individuals often work in several related fields. But only a few can boast…

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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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