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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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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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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mysterious paintings

Painter Canaletto and Warsaw. What connects them?

The artist and the city. This artist painted urban views, urban landscapes (this genre is called “Veduta”). Someone was engaged in portraits, someone in nature, someone in barracks, and Bernardo Belotto was devoted to urban views.

As a rule, these were streets, squares, buildings that existed in his time. But how can an artist create without imagination? Does not work! And what comes out from under his brush? It can be a fantastic view of the city, that is, one in which everything is fiction. It can be a self-portrait against the background of the city landscape, where the landscape existed only in the imagination of the artist, and the self-portrait is similar to the original only in the outlines of the figure and face. We are facing a painting by Bernardo Belotto, nicknamed “Canaletto”, which is called “Architectural Fantasy with a Self-Portrait in the Costume of the Ambassador of Venice.”

A luxurious wig, a rich raspberry cloak, a sparkling gold cloak on the left shoulder – apparently, this was what the ambassador of Venice looked like in those years. And all this – against the backdrop of a complex architectural structure: a bridge at a height of about five meters, the longest colonnade with a gallery … Continue reading

What do false portraits lie to us?

When I read that, supposedly, Nicholas II or his wife, as well as someone else from the highest aristocracy have “degeneration features”, or “what all these princesses are scary,” I understand why people write this . These individuals are not associated with them, with critics at the genetic level. Even on sociocultural. Narrow faces with straight noses, without vulgar lips on half a face, long fingers, high foreheads – this is unnatural for lovers of young Pamela Anderson. Galina Ivankina Ulrika Fredrika Pash, or Ulla at home, was considered one of the very, very few professional artists of Sweden until the very beginning of the 19th century. We note at the same time that her life fell on the XVIII century, when women artists could be counted on the fingers. Continue reading

Baroque

Baroque – (Portuguese. Baroco – freaky, bad, wrong, spoiled). The term “baroque” has many meanings in the history of art. Among them are narrower, to indicate artistic styles in art of various countries of the XVII-XVIII centuries, or broader – to identify ever-renewing trends of a restless, romantic worldview, thinking in expressive, dynamic forms, or generally as a poetic metaphor: “Baroque man” , “Baroque era”, “Baroque world”, “Baroque life”. Finally, in every time, almost in every historical art style, they find their “Baroque period”.

In the most famous sense, Baroque is a historical artistic style, which was spread initially in Italy in the middle of the XVI-XVII centuries, and then partially in France, as well as in Spain, Flanders and Germany of the XVII-XVIII centuries. The Baroque Style is remarkable in that for the first time in the history of world art, seemingly unconnectable components were combined in it: Classicism and Romanticism. Until the turn of the 16th-17th centuries, Classicism and Romanticism existed as two independent, in all opposing artistic directions, two trends of artistic thinking. Continue reading

Painter Canaletto and Warsaw. What connects them?
The artist and the city. This artist painted urban views, urban landscapes (this genre is called “Veduta”). Someone was engaged in portraits, someone in nature, someone in barracks, and Bernardo…

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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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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…

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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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