TURNER JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM (1775-1851)
The history of the English landscape is a large and complex topic. And a special place in it is occupied by a talented artist - William Turner, whose deeply emotional…

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Portraiture from a photograph
Any interaction often also involves mutual use. If a photograph initially perceived such pictorial structures as a composition and a system of genres, so that “the first person who saw…

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Biographer Giorgio Vasari
From several biographical sources it is known that Michelangelo forged ancient Roman sculptures. He created a new marble sculpture, then smashed it, buried it in the garden and after some…

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cloisonne enamel

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

CHINESE AND CELTIC ENAMEL

A significant contribution to the technology was made by Iran (Persia), India and China. If we talk about Iran, then it is necessary to note the massive bracelets of silver and gold worn by men and women. They are a simple ring that closes with the symmetrical heads of animals. On some products you can see the remains of inlay with blue cloisonne enamel. It is necessary to dwell on China in more detail, since it was the Chinese masters who achieved certain successes in this technique. In the Shoshoin treasury there is a silver mirror in the form of a blooming lotus made using the cloisonne enamel technique.
Much later, several other enamels will appear. Chinese painted enamels are one of the few types of applied art, which until recently had received almost no attention. They entered the literature under the name Continue reading

Abstractionism
The tendency of the separation of art from the image of reality received a logical conclusion in the works of abstract artists. Their work was distinguished by a complete lack…

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Landscape poetry
My art history lessons are different. I give lectures to adults, and I try to talk more with children, play, cause “co-creation” in them. Especially exciting for both parties are…

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Portraiture from a photograph
Any interaction often also involves mutual use. If a photograph initially perceived such pictorial structures as a composition and a system of genres, so that “the first person who saw…

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How one of the richest artists of the 19th century spoiled the reputation of his own grandson: “Soap bubbles” by Millet
Soap Bubbles is a painting by John Everett Millet, written in 1886, which became famous due to the use of soap in advertising. Unremarkable at first glance, the picture hides…

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