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 was the fate of “Big Sue”, which posed Freud’s grandson for the scandalous paintings that made him a millionaire
If the fame of the artists could be measured in kilograms, then the scales of Lucian Freud (yes, that scandalous grandson of the great psychoanalyst) would be heavier immediately by…

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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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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 incorrectly. In this review, a dozen paintings in which their creators have put a deeper meaning than it might seem from the first (and sometimes even from the second) look.

1. Happy swing opportunities
Painting “Happy swing opportunities”, thin. Jean Honore Fragonard.

This famous picture of the Rococo era was even shown in Disney’s Frozen. However, Fragonard clearly put a deeper meaning into his work than Disney. The picture shows a young woman who is rocked on a swing in a romantic garden by an elderly man. This man is clearly unaware of the presence of a young lover of a girl who is watching them from the bushes. Continue reading

How a visit to the Hermitage turned the fate of a merchant: facts from the history of the Tretyakov Gallery are little known

It is unlikely that we could today contemplate and admire the masterpieces of Russian painting, if not for the event that happened a little more than 125 years ago. Namely, in the summer of 1892, the merchant Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov donated to the Muscovites the most valuable thing that he had – the work of his whole life – a collection of works of Russian art, which he had been collecting for almost 40 years.

Being a native of the famous merchant family, Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898) was not only a successful entrepreneur, but also a connoisseur of fine art, to which he had a special flair. Relying only on his artistic taste, he was able to distinguish true art from one-day paintings.

When collecting his collection, he did not pursue relevant works and fashionable authors; he was not interested in technique and elaborate manner. Sometimes he bought canvases contrary to criticisms from the public and art historians. Continue reading

“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, puzzle, bewitch, even frighten.

Belgian bourgeois
Rene Magritte was born in the small Belgian town of Lessin in 1898. Soon the family moved to Charleroi. The artist’s childhood was not easy, and everything else was marred by tragedy: when Renee was 14, his mother committed suicide.
Magritte studied for two years at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, after which he began to work in the field of advertising. The search for Magritte’s own path in art took place under the clear influence of the surrealists. The artist’s style – “magical realism”, as he himself later called it – developed after 1926. Continue reading

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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How did the fate of the beauties from which the famous portraits were painted
There is an opinion, absolutely not supported by statistics, about the unlucky fate of people posing for famous painting masterpieces. Fortunately, most often this is completely wrong, but sometimes life…

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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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Fairytale illustrations by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale - the best British Victorian watercolourist
The Victorian era gave the world fantastic stories about elves and fairies, the movement of the Pre-Raphaelites, a return to medieval images and ideals. The last representative of this Victorian…

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