ENGLISH AQUAREL, PAINTING OF OLD MASTERS
Watercolor is often called the most moody and unpredictable technique. This is due to many nuances of the behavior of water-based paints. An artist inexperienced in watercolor painting, even observing…

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ENGLISH EARLY EXCLIBRIS
On Monday, December 5, 1836, a report on heraldic book signs was published by his member Rev. Daniel Parsons at the Society of Heraldry and Archeology of the University of…

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“Moonlit Night on the Dnieper”: Why did the audience look for a light bulb behind Kuindzhi’s picture
The picture "Moonlit Night on the Dnieper" can be safely called the most famous masterpiece of the Russian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi - one of the greatest Russian landscape painters of…

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“The Luxury Theologian of the Duke of Berry”

The Limburg brothers – Paul, Jean and Ehrman – were miniature painters of the 14th-15th centuries. By common labor-intensive work, they managed to create one of the most beautiful illustrated books of the late Gothic period – “The Luxurious Hourly Book of the Duke of Berry”.

The magnificent oracle of the Duke of Berry is one of the most famous medieval illustrated manuscripts.
The early period of the late Middle Ages is controversial: it accounts for the largest epidemic (plague) and the longest war of that time. Towards the end of the era, the population of Europe declined several times. However, at the same time, there was a significant upsurge of culture, which in many respects formed the foundation of modern art. Continue reading

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 to this sad incident. The deceased turned out to be the artist Antoine-Jean Gros, the official painter of Napoleon I. Having survived his main customer and employer for fourteen years, Gros brought an end to his life – when he realized that he had changed the cause of his life.

Career Despite Revolution

At the time of his death, he was 64 years old. The life path of Antoine-Jean Gros fell on dramatic and difficult times for France. He achieved much in his profession – to be at the mercy of one of the greatest European rulers, to gain his trust and to create for decades his image for contemporaries and descendants, a heroic and idealized image – all this could not be considered a real success.

Antoine-Jean was born March 16, 1771 in Paris in the family of a miniature painter. These were the times of the absolute monarchy, and the rococo style reigned in art, and the younger Gro at first prepared the same future as Continue reading

CHOOSE A CANVAS FOR PAINTING

I, as a restorer, are categorically against self-gluing and priming by the artist as a canvas. I hope it’s not worth explaining why. However, if you are still sure (I emphasize, sure! Most of my clients thought that they were sure) in their formulas and hands, then I will answer the two most asked questions: which uncoated canvases are the best and the better to glue an uncoated canvas.
Unprimed canvas needs to be bought exceptionally dense and without knots. Rare nodal canvases do not last long, even despite their high-quality gluing and primer.
Surprisingly, many classics of the still Soviet painting technique in their works of half a century relevance repeatedly mentioned this circumstance, however, our classical school stubbornly does not want to see the Continue reading

Secret meanings of the masterpiece fresco "Maesta" by Simone Martini
The student of the great founder of the Renaissance, Giotto and favorite Modigliani, Simone Martini, embodied Siena artistic principles in his work, introduced many innovations into painting art, which became…

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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…

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CHOOSE A CANVAS FOR PAINTING
I, as a restorer, are categorically against self-gluing and priming by the artist as a canvas. I hope it’s not worth explaining why. However, if you are still sure (I…

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Cardboard Engraving
Cardboard - the most common and affordable material, the cheapest and most convenient for work. There are many different types of cardboard with various properties. The best is Bristol, made…

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