Secrets of “The Last Day of Pompeii”: Which of the Contemporaries Karl Bryullov depicted four times in the picture
1939 years ago, on August 24, 79 AD, the most devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius occurred, as a result of which the cities of Herculaneum, Stabia and Pompeii were destroyed.…

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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