Frescoes in the slough
World painting boasts an impressive history of fakes. Such things have happened at all times and in all countries. And one of the funniest hoaxes happened half a century ago…

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City Pictures
The world of colors and romance of urban everyday life. The plots are diverse, inspiring authors to create pictures of cities in the world. The city is beautiful in the…

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EUROPEAN PAINTING SCHOOLS
The Antwerp School is an art school that has existed for several centuries in the city of Antwerp, now Belgium. Representatives of the Antwerp school: Joachim Patinir, Joos van Kleve,…

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BATIK. CLASSIFICATION AND VARIETIES

Batik (batik) – the Indonesian word (tik – in Indonesian means “dot” or “drop”, and ba – cotton fabric). Batik is the common name for a variety of methods and techniques of artistic painting on fabric. The art of making batik is based on the principle of redundancy, that is, applying a certain composition to the fabric, in order to preserve and highlight the colors of the pattern or background. Indonesia is traditionally called the homeland of batik, although fabric painting has long been used in Peru, Japan, Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Africa and Indochina. Then the batik was not just a beautiful pattern on the fabric, it was considered sacred and its patterns were used as a talisman. In Europe, batik gained fame at the beginning of the 20th century. Nowadays, batik is used in painting clothes, tablecloths, napkins, decorative Continue reading

Paintings with bridges

The bridge, a sacred symbol of change and transition from one state to another, has invariably attracted the attention of artists of all times and peoples. In the history of world painting, famous and little-known masters have created tens of thousands of paintings with bridges. Very often, bridges they become elements of a holistic cityscape, representing in a neighborhood with monumental architecture a single complete ensemble.

At the same time, a great many works are devoted to charming rural landscapes with modest wooden bridges, more reminiscent of a crossing. Continue reading

“Where Van Gogh Breathes the Stars …”

Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in the Dutch village of Grot-Sundert, in the family of a rural pastor. Little Vincent was taciturn and gloomy, did not like to play with his brothers and sisters. The character was hectic, even sometimes explosive. He loved to walk, watching the life of insects, was not afraid to go to the forest alone. He collected herbarium, collected beetles and insects. At 8, he began to draw. He sketched peasant women and plowmen, animals and landscapes.

At 12, Vincent was sent to study in a boarding school. He came home only on vacation. Vincent became very attached to Theo’s younger brother, they often walked together.

When Van Gogh turned 16 years old, it was decided at the family council that he would go to work as a Continue reading

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What do false portraits lie to us?
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Landscape poetry
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Painter Canaletto and Warsaw. What connects them?
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