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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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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The history of the collection (part 1)
The collection of Italian paintings is one of the most important sections of the Museum's art gallery: it has more than five hundred and fifty works and chronologically covers the…

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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 guardian of Italian painting, paid this work paramount attention, considering it important not only to replenish the collection, but also to preserve the monuments themselves in an environment where the collection of works of art was actually banned. Thus, since the late 1960s, the collection of Italian paintings of the Museum has increased by almost one hundred and fifty works, which was about one-third of its former composition. Exhibitions of new arrivals served as a periodic report on the work done (15). Among the early monuments, special attention should be paid to a large composition by Paris Bordone “the Appearance of the sibyl to the Emperor Augustus”, acquired in 1983 from the collection of S. V. Obraztsov, the founder and head of the famous Moscow puppet theater, now bearing his name. Continue reading

THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS OF 2016

TOP 10 auction sales in 2016 was as follows:

10th place
“Peach blossom of spring” 1982. Zhang Daxian. Sotheby’s auction, Hong Kong, April 5, 2016. – 34,899 million $
The author of the painting is one of the most famous masters of Chinese painting. The proceeds from the sale of the painting is the largest for a work of Chinese art.

9th place
“Two sketches for self-portrait” 1970. Francis Bacon. Sotheby’s auction House, new York, may 11, 2016 – $34.87 million
English painter Francis bacon is one of the most expensive in the world. His painting “Three sketches for the portrait of Lucien Freud” were sold at Christie’s in 2013 for 142.4 million.$ Continue reading

HOW THE PLAY OF COLOR IN PAINTING SETS THE MOOD
HOW TO BUY A PAINTING TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE INFLUENCE OF COLOR ON A PERSON. Color has great energy and certainly has a strong impact on humans. As well as…

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THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS OF 2016
TOP 10 auction sales in 2016 was as follows: 10th place "Peach blossom of spring" 1982. Zhang Daxian. Sotheby's auction, Hong Kong, April 5, 2016. - 34,899 million $ The…

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Pre-Raphaelite painting in the details on the outfits and armor (part 1)
Pre-Raphaelites in their works often turned to the theme of the middle Ages and the early Renaissance — artists were attracted by the beautiful subjects of ancient stories and legends,…

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EXPENSIVE LUXURY GIFTS, EXCLUSIVE GIFTS.
Speaking of luxury gifts it is impossible to ignore the paintings, which at all times were presented as significant gifts for the most important events. In the past, the picture…

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