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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The Parable of the Prodigal Son
For many centuries, the Bible has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists, poets, and writers. Without claiming to be innovative, let us see how the three great artists…

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How did the artist Mikhail Germashev draw the last ray of the setting sun?
The sun sets, and the wind died down, There is no trace of those lights pierced by clouds; Here, on the outskirts, a living and unburning wavered, All that steppe…

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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 art is much ahead of his time. Northumberland Coast William Turner
William Turner was born at the end of April 1775 in London. Already in childhood, the boy showed great drawing abilities. “The artist’s father proudly hung out his drawings in his barber shop and sold them for 2-3 shillings. These were first copies from then fashionable topographic views of picturesque places, castles, ruins, architectural monuments of London. The father regarded his son’s drawing lessons not as an empty entertainment, but as a pretty sure source of extra money. ” At the end of the 18th century, topographical Continue reading

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 the photograph (with the exception of its creators) would take it for a picture” (V. Benyamin), then painting itself inevitably ended up at the other extreme , “Copying” any features inherent in the photograph. The possibilities that photography possessed were as varied as its use among artists. For some, it was only a document capable of accurately conveying reality, or a collection of images of memory, a phenomenon close in aesthetic views and, finally, a way of seeing. (Elena Zyryanova, course “Painting and Photography”). Portraiture is very diverse. For example, in the Roman Empire, during the trial, a portrait of the emperor was needed, which meant his presence in the courtroom.

We know that the painter’s work on the canvas is often preceded by work on sketches. Although sketches are often not inferior in terms of artistic value to the canvas, they do not always represent fragments of a completed painting. In Continue reading

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 deep philosophical meanings, and the artist was later accused of having sold his talent.

About the artist
Sir John Everett Millet was an English artist, illustrator, and co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The Brotherhood was founded in his family house in London, on Gower Street 83 (now number 7). The strong personality of the artist’s mother had the most significant impact on his future. Having a great interest in art and music, the woman encouraged her son’s creative inclinations, Continue reading

Graphics
Graphics is a type of fine art. It can be divided into three types: - monumental - is closely connected with the architectural ensemble, for example, a poster (monumental printed…

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LESSON AQUARIUS. SEASCAPE
The best way to understand the watercolor technique is to start with a seascape. Even if you do not have experience, it does not matter. There are ready-made solutions in…

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ORIGINS OF PRIVATE ART COLLECTION
According to Umberto Eco [2], pure enjoyment of beauty should not be weighed down by possession. However, rarely is anyone capable of such a “pure” enjoyment. I want to own…

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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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