The mystery of the ancient ceremony in the picture of Bridgman: "The procession of the bull Anubis"
Frederick Arthur Bridgman is one of the most popular Orientalist painters. He created a canvas that carries the viewer in the time of Ancient Egypt. What secrets of the Egyptian…

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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…

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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…

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painted portraits

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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

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 geographical position, access to the sea, own port, political and economic stability, coupled with the ability to withstand external pressure, the active development of trade relations with Europe, Asia, the East – all this created fertile ground for prosperity and the beginning of the Renaissance in Italy. Favorable conditions led to the opening of local art schools, to building up talents in various fields of culture, science, literature, philosophy, etc. In addition, in the late Middle Ages Italy consisted of city states that had a certain degree of political freedom. It allowed to achieve artistic and academic progress Continue reading

Monumental painting. Wall painting

Monumental painting – painting on architectural structures and other stationary foundations. The main technique of monumental painting is a mural, which, together with mosaics and stained glass, is more often called monumental and applied art.

The tradition of painting walls and ceilings dates back to time immemorial. Traces of culture to decorate your home with objects of art reach us since the time of the Paleolithic. Often they had sacred and ritual meaning. Numerous cave paintings have survived to this day and have been sources of inspiration for artists for many subsequent centuries.

Studying the history of ancient cultures, we everywhere meet with monuments of monumental painting. They not only give us artistic pleasure, but Continue reading

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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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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…

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Art criticism analysis and description of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Nude” painting
Parisians are born with all the shortcomings, but the wonderful fairy gives any flaw to their charm and enchantment. This fairy is grace. Heinrich Heine The painting “Naked” was written…

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Engraving Techniques
But circulation is only one of the properties of engraving. Engraving is a special kind of fine art and it has its own language, its aesthetics, its capabilities, which are…

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