Alexander Nikolaevich Benois: monarchical tendencies in painting or subtle realism of a master?
First of all, I would like to know what picturesque associations do you have with this unusual surname - Benoit? You are absolutely right! Kings and emperors, the court suite…

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COURSE CASES OF SALES OF PICTURES AT AUCTIONS
Nobody can guarantee 100 percent authenticity of certain objects of art today. Auction house Sotheby's gives a guarantee on the authenticity of a work of art for two years. Often,…

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Aphrodite
Aphrodite or Venus is the goddess of love. Her name has become synonymous with Love and Beauty, and to this day, artists embody in them their idea of ​​Beauty. In…

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THE MOST FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF GREAT ARTISTS

SIMONETTA VESDUCHI (SIMONETTA DEI CATTANEY)
Beloved Sandro Botticelli
The wife of Marco Vespucci, whose brother, Amerigo, gave his name to America, discovered by Christopher Columbus.
The great artist Sandro Botticelli immortalized the beauty of Simonetta on his canvases. She is depicted in the center of almost every one of them, be it the Birth of Venus, Spring, or the Adoration of the Magi. Behind each female appearance one can feel the only – the appearance of Simonetta, in whom he was hopelessly and unrequitedly in love.
Simonetta herself never saw his paintings – she died on April 26, 1476. She was no more than 23 years old. Sandro Botticelli will be buried at the feet of Simonetta 34 years after her death.

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HOW TO DIFFER FROM A WRITTEN PICTURE BY OIL FROM PRINTING ON CANVAS?

There are three options for paintings printed on canvas: just printing with subsequent coating of varnish, printing with processing gel texture and printing with oil finishing. There is also a budget printing on canvas with water-soluble ink, if water is sprayed on it, then the paint will flow, even such a poster cannot be varnished, since the ink spreads.
A poster without gel or oil processing is quite easy to distinguish from author’s painting and it is usually inexpensive. It is more difficult with the other two options, since they are made to simulate painting and deceiving your eyesight, and sometimes to empty your wallet.

HOW TO DISTINCT THE WRITTEN PICTURE FROM A COMPUTER Fake ON A CANVAS?
If you subtly feel the color, then it will be very difficult to deceive you, since even the most expensive Continue reading

HISTORY OF SALE OF PAINTING ON AUCTIONS

CHRISTIE’S
Savior of the world. Leonardo da Vinci. Sold at Christie’s for $ 450,000,000 The first fine arts market was captured by commissioner pioneer former Marine Officer James Christie Sr. Having arranged the first sale in 1766 in London, he soon already owned a room with a specially built auction room for him. Christie owed her heyday to the 1848 revolution, which marked the “era of great sales.” It is believed that it was Christie who turned the trade in antiques into art – the largest auctions of the 18th and 19th centuries were held here. And by the way, none other than James Christie himself acted as an intermediary in a deal to sell the collection of paintings by Sir Robert Walpole to the Russian Empress Catherine II. The purchased collection of works of art became the basis of the future Hermitage Museum.

SOTHEBY’S
Sotheby’s founder was book seller Samuel Baker, who held his first auction in London in 1744 and published the first book with a fixed price. In 1754, Baker opened a permanent auction house. For a century, Baker and his successors Continue reading

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Kuindzhi Arkhip Ivanovich
Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi is one of the most prominent artists in the history of Russian landscape painting. The author of the most popular paintings went through a thorny creative path…

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ABOUT AQUARIAN PAINTING TECHNIQUE
Despite the availability and prevalence, the watercolor technique remains mysterious and incomprehensible to many, both amateurs and professional artists. Despite the apparent lightness, this material, which is natively associated with…

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HISTORY OF SALE OF PAINTING ON AUCTIONS
CHRISTIE'S Savior of the world. Leonardo da Vinci. Sold at Christie's for $ 450,000,000 The first fine arts market was captured by commissioner pioneer former Marine Officer James Christie Sr.…

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ABOUT AQUARIAN PAINTING TECHNIQUE
Despite the availability and prevalence, the watercolor technique remains mysterious and incomprehensible to many, both amateurs and professional artists. Despite the apparent lightness, this material, which is natively associated with…

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