WHAT IS A PORTRAIT TO ORDER TODAY?
People tend to want to leave their mark in history, perpetuating their own image in the form of a portrait on canvas. In former times, to order a portrait could…

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The history of the collection (part 4)
Work on completing the section of Italian painting has intensified significantly since the late 1960s. The author of these lines, having begun at that time his professional career as the…

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Abakumov Vitaly Vasilyevich
Abakumov Vitaly Vasilyevich. Art historian, painter 1923-1987. He was born on March 25, 1923 in the village of B. Gribanovsky, Voronezh region. In 1947 he graduated from the Moscow city…

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The history of the collection (part 2)

Gradually collecting works of art captures a wider range of Russian nobility. Since the second half of the XVIII century, well-known private collections of counts Stroganov, princes Golitsyn, Yusupov and many other aristocratic families have their origin. The famous collection of Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov was placed both in the St. Petersburg Palace on Fontanka, built according to the project of Giacomo Quarenghi, and in the Arkhangelsk estate near Moscow and in the Moscow house of the Prince in Kharitonevsky lane. It is believed that Yusupov gave preference to French painting, but numerically it is markedly dominated by the Italian school (8). The greatest interest here represented the work of masters of the XVIII century, in particular, the Roman painter Panini, who in the genre of landscapes with motifs of ruins was the predecessor of so highly valued in Russia Frenchman Hubert Robert. Continue reading

Edward Lear: great artist, singer of nonsense
With the light hand of Edward Lear limericks went on his triumphant March around the world, establishing the canons of true English humor. Funny pentameters accompanied the drawings: long-nosed cranks,…

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Impressionism and Spain, or what happened in Spanish art after Goya and before Picasso
If you don't Google, how many Spanish artists of the XIX century will you name? And the Spanish Impressionists? Even sophisticated art lovers will remember is that of Joaquin Sorolla.…

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Such different Rembrandts: 5 films about the great Dutchman (part 2)
"Rembrandt: Portrait of 1669" (Netherlands, 1977) What movie? This is a detailed and unhurried narrative from the birth of Rembrandt ninth child in the Miller's family-and to the last days…

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THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS SOLD IN THE WORLD IN 2013.
The past year is remembered for several high-profile auctions and impressive amounts of sales. 1. November 12, 2013 at Christie's auction easily went under the hammer the work of Francis…

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