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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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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Meeting with the Master
About a trip to the exhibition of May Volfovich Danzig, held at the National Museum of Belarus in Minsk in the fall of 2015 and dedicated to the 85th anniversary…

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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

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

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 distinct from other types of art. And to a very large extent this originality of the engraving is determined by its technological side.

In engraving, there are a huge number of species, subspecies, varieties of technology. They are born in certain epochs, often die off after several decades, transformed are reborn at another time. And all this diversity is designed to expand the expressive capabilities of engraving, to enrich its language. After all, engraving, in principle, has a much more limited range of means than, say, painting: a line and a tonal spot – only these elements underlie each engraving sheet. And the appearance of each new technique gives rise to a Continue reading

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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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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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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“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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