Innovators, court portrait painters and scandalous people: 10 famous artists who conquered the world
Caravaggio, Malevich, Picasso, Levitan ... When it comes to the famous artist, then, as a rule, come to mind the names of men who worked at the easel in different…

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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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"The Secret of Things" in the paintings of Rene Magritte, who wanted to "make everyday life less dreary"
Unfinished painting by William Merritt Chase Leaving the life of a brilliant artist is always a big loss for art. Unfinished works become a symbol of all that the artist…

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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 themselves for hundreds of years. This small portrait, which is exhibited in the Louvre, is called “the most famous, most discussed and most parodied in the world.” And in-depth studies of this canvas, which were carried out at different times, revealed many interesting secrets.

1. Who is she?
The true identity of the woman depicted in the portrait remains a mystery. Most scholars believe this woman is 24-year-old Lisa Maria de Gerardini (aka Lisa del Giocondo), an Italian noblewoman who was born in Florence in 1479. The portrait was commissioned by Lisa’s husband, Francesco di Bartolomeo di Zanobi del Giocondo, a merchant of silk and fabric. She gave birth to five children: Pierrot, Andrea, Camilla, Giocondo and Marietta. Continue reading

Why the picture of John Millet “Christ in the parental home” caused a scandal and the beginning of a new direction in art
The picture in which Christ and his family were depicted as "ordinary people" caused a once-great resonance in English society. Many considered the excessive realism inappropriate and even "disgusting." But…

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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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Apple Bullseye: Famous Russian Dynasties of Artists
The best representatives of art dynasties. The Russian land has always been rich in talented people. Writers and poets, sculptors and artists, along with enlighteners and scientists, made up the…

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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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