ENGLISH ANTIQUE ENGRAVING, ENGLISH STYLE XVII-BEGINNING OF THE XX CENTURY.
Engraved English school is much younger than Italian, German or Dutch. The history of English engraving, apparently, should be from the end of the 15th century. The first known engravings…

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ANTIQUE MARKET OF EUROPE, counterfeit on the ANTIQUE MARKET
A developed art market appears in the XVII century. in Holland, which was the first in Europe to become a bourgeois republic. It is there that relations between the artist…

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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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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

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 a guiding star for young masters, and also created a truly masterpiece fresco – “Maesta”, about the true meanings of which art historians disputes today.

Martini’s painting is melodic, symbolic and poetic (this was influenced by friendship with the poet Francesco Petrarch). One legend has come to the present. It is said that Simone Martini painted a portrait of the beautiful lover of Petrarch – Laura. Giorgio Vasari (author of the famous Biographies), wrote that the portrait was as amazing as the girl herself. In response to the portrait, Petrarch presented Continue reading

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 tradition are illuminated by his painting, The Procession of the Sacred Bull of Anubis?

Frederick Arthur Bridgman is known for his paintings on the theme of the East. At the age of five, he stated that he decided to become an artist, and at sixteen he dropped out of school and began his career as an engraver at the American Banknote Company. However, this work soon bored Arthur, and in 1866 he went to Paris to study with the artist and sculptor Jean — Leon Gerome at the School of Fine Arts. In 1873 he went to North Africa.

In Africa, Bridgman worked for five years, creating hundreds of sketches and collecting artifacts and costumes. Bridgman painted the East and Africa magnificent, mysterious, luxurious and, most importantly, realistic. His images of exotic people and cultures fascinated Americans and Europeans throughout the 1880s. Subsequently, Bridgman created many more oriental paintings from memory, Continue reading

How to form a collection of paintings
Buying a painting for a collection? Some tips Perhaps you have been presented with a painting or you have acquired one or more paintings and want to make a collection.…

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George Washington Book Sign
George Washington was commander in chief of the continental army during the Revolutionary War in 1775-1781 and the first president of the United States in 1789-1897. Naturally, the bookplate of…

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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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Linocut
Linocut got its name from linoleum material. Linoleum as a material for engraving originated in Europe, and at the beginning of the first decade of the 20th century in Russia.…

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