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,…

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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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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…

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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 that they created something significant in completely different fields of activity. Ivan Bilibin, who could be called a “truly scary artist”, seems to have managed to live not only one creative life, but seven as many as 66 years.

1. Promising lawyer

The silver medal of the First St. Petersburg Classical Gymnasium and a law degree obtained in 1900 after graduating from the law faculty of St. Petersburg University, it seems, should have predetermined the fate of young Ivan Bilibin, according to the ardent desire of his father, on the solid ground of judicial or public service. However, he himself decided otherwise. Along with studying at the university, a young man begins to receive an art education, even for some time studies under the guidance of Ilya Efimovich Repin, he becomes an active member of the art world, and he forgets about his legal career. Continue reading

Life after Picasso

64 years ago, on February 11, 1955, Olga Khokhlova passed away. The general public probably knows only about the ballerina from Nizhyn that she emigrated from the Russian Empire and became the wife of Pablo Picasso. Officially, she remained in this status until the end of her days, although in fact for many years she had to spend all alone, away from her husband and son, resigned to their contempt, which almost deprived her mind …

Abroad, she was called the “Russian wife of Picasso,” but in fact Olga Khokhlova was born on the territory of modern Ukraine, which was then part of the Russian Empire in the city of Nizhyn. Her father, Stepan Khokhlov, was a colonel in the tsarist army. Olga spent her childhood in Nizhyn, and then her father was transferred to St. Petersburg. Continue reading

The stolen masterpieces: Famous paintings whose whereabouts are still unknown

The paintings of the great masters are not only artistic, but also quite measurable in monetary terms, value, and therefore are always in the focus of the robbers. Some of the masterpieces that once disappeared from museums, churches and cathedrals, continue to exist now only in reproductions and copies – while the fate of the originals remains unknown.

Abductions of the 20th Century
Jan van Eyck. “Righteous Judges,” sash of the Ghent Altar.
The work, created by Dutch artist Jan van Eyck or his brother Hubert, was stolen from the Cathedral of St. Bavon in Ghent on April 10, 1934. A resident of Ghent suspected of this crime, already on his deathbed, pleaded guilty, while simultaneously reporting that he would take the secret of the whereabouts of the masterpiece to the grave. Currently, the altar in Ghent is supplemented by a copy made from surviving photographs of the lost fragment. Continue reading

“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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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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Sergey Kalmykov: Why was the last Russian avant-garde considered a city madman
The popular opinion, according to which every genius is a little crazy, with respect to Sergei Ivanovich Kalmykov, acquires special significance. The history of this artist, who managed not only…

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Forbidden Art: 6 paintings that at various times became victims of censorship
Censorship of art acted not only in Soviet times. In the time of tsarist Russia, works by fairly well-known artists fell under the ban. The reason for the refusal to…

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