MODERN PORTRAIT EXCLIBRIS
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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ENGLISH CARICATURE.
A significant part of old English engravings is represented by caricatures. The genre of caricature itself existed before. The cartoons of Leonardo da Vinci are known, many canvases of Brueghel…

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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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Antoine Jean Grou

In June 1835, a man’s body was caught from the Seine River in the vicinity of the town of Medon. An investigation has established the identity and circumstances that led to this sad incident. The deceased turned out to be the artist Antoine-Jean Gros, the official painter of Napoleon I. Having survived his main customer and employer for fourteen years, Gros brought an end to his life – when he realized that he had changed the cause of his life.

Career Despite Revolution

At the time of his death, he was 64 years old. The life path of Antoine-Jean Gros fell on dramatic and difficult times for France. He achieved much in his profession – to be at the mercy of one of the greatest European rulers, to gain his trust and to create for decades his image for contemporaries and descendants, a heroic and idealized image – all this could not be considered a real success.

Antoine-Jean was born March 16, 1771 in Paris in the family of a miniature painter. These were the times of the absolute monarchy, and the rococo style reigned in art, and the younger Gro at first prepared the same future as Continue reading

How the world’s most famous paintings were created: Intriguing stories of paintings by great artists

Grigory Landau, a journalist and philosopher, once said this: “Art is a dialogue in which the interlocutor is silent.” Painting is a subtle art, allegorical, emotional, giving freedom in interpretation. This is a whole world of unsolved secrets and unsolved mysteries. Let’s try to open the veil of secrecy over the history of the creation of the most famous paintings of great artists.

In fact, the artist has two versions of this picture. In this version, George defeats the dragon whom the Beautiful Lady holds by the leash. The painting has a deep religious meaning. According to legend, a dragon settled in a lake in a city in Libya. The pagan emperor ordered him to sacrifice beautiful girls. When there were no young women in the city, the emperor sent his own daughter to the dragon. The brave warrior George went to rescue her and overthrew the dragon. The princess here symbolizes the persecuted Christian Church, the dragon – paganism, and George – the Christian faith. There are versions Continue reading

SEARCH BREAKTHROUGH PANELS

Types of breakthroughs in size and shape are very different. Round shapes are rare, most often in the direction of the threads of the canvas. Breakthroughs are straight, angular, steps or zigzag.
Most often, breakouts are formed at thin canvases, thick ones are torn less often, but then it is more difficult to restore them. Before bursting a strong, dense canvas resists more strongly, at first it stretches to the limit and then breaks. Therefore, around the through gap, curvatures, bulges or concavities of the canvas are formed that affect the soil and the paint layer. Thin canvases usually tear more easily, with less deformation of the edges of the breakthrough and therefore it is easier to restore.

Due to the action of the canvas tension force, over time the edges of the breakthrough bend and do not converge. To restore such a breakthrough is Continue reading

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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ENGLISH CARICATURE.
A significant part of old English engravings is represented by caricatures. The genre of caricature itself existed before. The cartoons of Leonardo da Vinci are known, many canvases of Brueghel…

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CHOOSE A CANVAS FOR PAINTING
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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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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