“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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Color linocut
The technique of color prints on paper and other materials has been known for a very long time. In India, China, color printing was used to decorate fabrics. The signet…

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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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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

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 from the best varieties of white paper. A good cardboard is prepared from waste paper, hemp is gray or black. The most loose cardboard is made from straw and has a yellowish color. There are many different grades of this material with different properties and all of it is suitable for engraving. Cardboard thickness must be at least 2 mm. For engraving, it is best to use cardboard 5 mm thick, very durable with a smooth surface. Consider two types of printing on cardboard: letterpress and intaglio. Continue reading

Engraving: concept, essence.

Engraving is the youngest of the visual arts. If the origin of painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture is lost in prehistoric epochs, then the appearance of engraving is more or less accurately known to us: this is the turn of the XIV and XV centuries. In the East, in China, engraving arose much earlier, in the VIII century, but there it remained a local phenomenon that did not go beyond the borders of this country.

The origin of the art of engraving in Europe
Despite the fact that the main varieties of engraving have their own technological prototypes that existed in earlier times (for woodcuts these are stamps and seals, for incisors engravings this is the craft of goldsmiths, for etching – workshops of gunsmiths), engravings in the true sense of the word , as an imprint on paper of an image cut out on a special board, appears only in the XIV century.

This phenomenon, exceptional for history, the birth of a completely new kind of art, was determined by several reasons – technological, aesthetic, social. In order for the engraving to develop, first of all, a suitable and easily accessible material Continue reading

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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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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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How profitable to buy a painting for investment
Buying paintings by contemporary artists, even little-known ones, can often be associated with significant costs. Therefore, it is important to talk about the profitability and justification of such costs. You…

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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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