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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Collectors of antique paintings are conservative in their passions. Of greatest interest are the Italian masters of the Renaissance, the old Dutch and German painters, French impressionists and some others.…

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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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“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 about the emperor and for what did she get a public response?

Artist Biography
Artist Mikhail Vrubel was born in Omsk. He studied at the Faculty of Law at St. Petersburg University, and then studied at the Academy of Arts. He was a comprehensively talented person: an artist, a graphic artist, a designer of arts and crafts, an illustrator, and even an architect.
It is said that Vrubel’s decision to enter the Academy of Arts after university was influenced by his Continue reading

“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 the second half of the 19th century. The picture is distinguished by magnetism, mystery and high skill. The canvas wanted to see dozens of people waiting in long lines even before the opening of the artist’s workshop, and the most curious even looked for a bulb behind the picture.

The main work in the work of Kuindzhi
The work “Moonlit Night on the Dnieper”, which has always had a truly bewitching effect on the public, became legendary even before it was exhibited publicly. According to the artist, it is the main work of his Continue reading

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 glorification of Venus or beauty? There are many interpretations of “Spring”, while one does not exclude the other. What mysteries does this famous painting by Botticelli hide?

Artist Botticelli
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, nicknamed Botticelli was born and died in Florence. He became a favorite artist of the Medici family. For an influential patron, he created his most famous paintings. In 1482, Lorenzo Medici ordered “Spring” as a wedding present to his 17-year-old nephew Lorenzo di Continue reading

“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

“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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Life in art. Pictures in your home and office
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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…


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…


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…