"Portrait of Madame X"
When John Singer Sargent unveiled his portrait of a woman in black in 1884, Parisian society literally broke out with indignation. The artist was forced to leave the country, and…

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Antoine Jean Grou
In June 1835, a man’s body was caught from the Seine River in the vicinity of the town of Medon. An investigation has established the identity and circumstances that led…

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ENGLISH CARICATURE.
A significant part of old English engravings is represented by caricatures. The genre of caricature itself existed before. The cartoons of Leonardo da Vinci are known, many canvases of Brueghel…

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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

“Portrait of Madame X”

When John Singer Sargent unveiled his portrait of a woman in black in 1884, Parisian society literally broke out with indignation. The artist was forced to leave the country, and the heroine of the portrait went into the shadows for a long time. What so revolted the audience of the XIX century?

“Portrait of Madame X” is an elegant portrait of John Singer Sargent, which features a young socialite Virginie Amelie Avigno Gautro. Virginie Gautro – the wife of a wealthy businessman Pierre Gautro. At that time, Virginie had the status of “professional beauty.” This term refers to people who have used their social skills and appearance to develop in society.

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How the world’s most famous paintings were created: Intriguing stories of paintings by great artists

Grigory Landau, a journalist and philosopher, once said this: “Art is a dialogue in which the interlocutor is silent.” Painting is a subtle art, allegorical, emotional, giving freedom in interpretation. This is a whole world of unsolved secrets and unsolved mysteries. Let’s try to open the veil of secrecy over the history of the creation of the most famous paintings of great artists.

In fact, the artist has two versions of this picture. In this version, George defeats the dragon whom the Beautiful Lady holds by the leash. The painting has a deep religious meaning. According to legend, a dragon settled in a lake in a city in Libya. The pagan emperor ordered him to sacrifice beautiful girls. When there were no young women in the city, the emperor sent his own daughter to the dragon. The brave warrior George went to rescue her and overthrew the dragon. The princess here symbolizes the persecuted Christian Church, the dragon – paganism, and George – the Christian faith. There are versions Continue reading

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MODERN PORTRAIT EXCLIBRIS
Portrait bookplate - one of the oldest types of book characters - appeared after the stamp. The first engraved bookplate is considered the emblem of the knight Bernhardt von Rohrbach,…

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Don Quixote in a book graphic
There are books that shocked me, with which I lived and with which I was forever connected by the memory of my mind and heart. Such recognition of the remarkable…

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GOLDEN AGE OF THE ENGLISH AQUARIAN SCHOOL.
The works of the masters of the Georgian era, who vividly demonstrated the picturesque possibilities of watercolors, honed the already known technical methods and created many new ones, led to…

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Engraving: concept, essence.
Engraving is the youngest of the visual arts. If the origin of painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture is lost in prehistoric epochs, then the appearance of engraving is more or less…

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