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…

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"The Secret of Things" in the paintings of Rene Magritte, who wanted to "make everyday life less dreary"
“To make everyday life less dreary” - this was the task set by the Belgian artist Rene Magritte. His paintings do not just attract attention - they can inspire alarm,…

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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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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 usually included a lying naked woman in European style (less often – standing) and a couple of slaves in the eastern surroundings. Meanwhile, during the reign of the Qajar dynasty, portraiture blossomed in Muslim Iran, thanks to which you can see how orientalist artists guessed or did not guess with their canvases. Just say: naked women are there.

Just as the East influenced Europe, giving rise to fashion for huge Indian shawls and turbans, which became the women’s headdress in the West, so the West influenced the fashion of the East. It was under the impression of Western paintings that a new portraiture and genre painting developed in Iran, sometimes very bizarrely combining the traditions of a flat, stylized oriental portrait and Western realism. Since the painters were very dependent on customers, the images, first of all, indulged the tastes of customers and did not allow excessive experimentation. So the style of the artists under the Qajar dynasty is pretty uniform. 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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Twice a widower, a genius landscape painter, author of the most famous candy wrapper. Ivan Shishkin
The work of Ivan Shishkin is compared with the music of Tchaikovsky. Clear and powerful paintings radiate positive energy. His canvases flood in serene light. The artist gives the viewer…

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Farewell Masterpieces: Five unfinished paintings by famous artists
Leaving the life of a brilliant artist is always a big loss for art. Unfinished works become a symbol of all that the artist wanted to express, express, give to…

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What was the fate of “Big Sue”, which posed Freud’s grandson for the scandalous paintings that made him a millionaire
Lucian Freud and Sue Tilly: The Story of a Scandalous Muse. If the fame of the artists could be measured in kilograms, then the scales of Lucien Freud (yes, that…

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