Etching techniques in modern graphics
The story of the bookplate gives us an example of an amazing, but fairly common metamorphosis. Born as an ordinary utilitarian owner’s signature, the bookplate turned into an independent section…

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There are works of art that can be brought into the house, hung on the wall, put in a folder. This print - lithography, linocut, etching, woodcut. Estamp (in French…

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The alignment of forces in the modern art market: the largest auction houses
If we talk about the current state of the global art market as a whole, then three hegemonic countries - the USA, China, and Great Britain - “rule the ball”…

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What is the subtext of the largest oil painting

Tintoretto is included in the galaxy of the best masters of the late Renaissance along with Veronese and Titian. His colleagues are distinguished by the highest speed of work, as well as sparkling and spiritual talent. Why did Venice artists not like him, and what is the implication of Paradise, the largest oil painting in the world?

Tintoretto biography and creativity
The Tintoretto family (his real name is Jacopo Robusti) came from Lombardy. Father, Giovanni, was a dye (tintore), and his son was nicknamed Tintoretto – “little dyer.” Jacopo was born and worked in Venice, which at that time was a storehouse of talents. The favorable geographical position (Venice Continue reading

How and why, after 100 years, the “Lady with the Unicorn” by Rafael Santi has changed

At the beginning of the 16th century, Rafael Santi created the painting “The Lady with the Unicorn”, which was included in the “golden fund” of High Renaissance painting. It is unlikely that the artist could have imagined that through the centuries his canvas will be changed beyond recognition, and art critics will argue about why the image was changed?

Rafael Santi (1483-1520) – is included in the galaxy of the best Renaissance artists along with Leonardo and Michelangelo. He differs from his colleagues in his youthful years (he created a large number of masterpieces as a young man) and the most outstanding portraits in history. His name became legendary during his lifetime, and his art is a clear embodiment of harmony, balance and clarity of style. As a true Continue reading

Dynasty of artists of Bellini

The Bellini Dynasty (father of Jacopo Bellini and his sons Gentile and Giovanni) laid the foundations of Renaissance art in Venice. The Bellini family is always remembered when it comes to the Venetian school of painting or the Early Renaissance. This is a dynasty of artists, each of whom developed in his own style, but all of them are united by brilliant talent, craving for beauty and a desire to reflect it on canvas.

Jacopo Bellini (1400-1470) – one of the oldest masters of Venice and a brilliant draftsman, was a student of Gentile da Fabriano, one of the leading artists of the beginning of the 15th century (in his honor Jacopo named his eldest son, Gentile). In addition, Jacopo was a passionate traveler who took albums with him and captured the beauty of the places visited, preserving the sketch and drawings for future Continue reading

The secret of the painting “Changed with his wife” Masseys

“Changed with my wife” – a picture of Quentin Masseys with a moralizing religious connotation, contains the most important and popular attribute in the painting of Flanders and the Netherlands – a mirror. In this picture, this subject reflected not only the worldview of the heroes, but also the history of an entire era.

The Flemish artist Quentin Masseys is known for genre scenes with moralizing content, with a satirical and religious accent. He is considered the founder of the Antwerp School of Painting, which became the leading school of painting in Flanders in the 16th century. Massey introduced new artistic techniques and motifs, as well as moral subjects. Like most Flemish artists of the time, he paid great attention to jewelry, Continue reading

5 main mysteries of the most expensive painting in the history of painting: “Savior of the world” by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the brightest minds in the history of mankind. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Savior of the World” is called “the most beautiful sign of a question that has ever been written.” And at the same time, this is one of the most expensive paintings in the world, with which there are a lot of scandals, puzzles and secrets. What conceals this canvas and what causes its scandalousness?


The painting depicts the figure of Christ – a long-haired man with a beard who looks directly at the viewer. He raised one hand with a blessing, and in the other holds a transparent sphere. Continue reading

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"Princess Dream": why did the imperial academy reject the picture of Vrubel?
This magnificent panel is called the most famous in Moscow. Panel, which was approved by the emperor himself, but rejected by the Academy of Arts. What did Princess Dreams like…


The secret of the painting "Changed with his wife" Masseys
“Changed with my wife” - a picture of Quentin Masseys with a moralizing religious connotation, contains the most important and popular attribute in the painting of Flanders and the Netherlands…


How the Golden Age Changed the World
Historians agree that the Renaissance arose in Italy (several theories have been put forward explaining why this period began in Italy). The wealth of Italy increased significantly XIV-XVI centuries. Favorable…


Why is the famous painting by Botticelli "Spring" called a mythological mystery
The painting "Spring" ("Primavera") was called a "mythological mystery", and critics did not agree on the meaning of the canvas: an allegory of a wedding or a fertile season? The…