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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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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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…

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elected to the Academy

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

“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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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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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 -…

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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…

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