Etching techniques in modern graphics
The story of the bookplate gives us an example of an amazing, but fairly common metamorphosis. Born as an ordinary utilitarian owner’s signature, the bookplate turned into an independent section…

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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…

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Dynasty of artists of Bellini
The Bellini Dynasty (father of Jacopo Bellini and his sons Gentile and Giovanni) laid the foundations of Renaissance art in Venice. The Bellini family is always remembered when it comes…

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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

“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

"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…

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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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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…

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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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