"Bavarian rose" - Empress Sissi. Ceremonial portraits, drama, life (part 1)
The extraordinary beauty of the Empress of Austria and fascinating conversations with her while posing admired Franz the Magnificent-artist Winterhalter. And sissy herself, as Elizabeth of Bavaria was called by…

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IDA O'keefe: life and oblivion in the shadow of a sister
When you hear the name O'keefe, who comes to mind? Most likely, Georgia. Her sensual flowers in pastel colors and bright paintings of desert landscapes have become iconic. But what…

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Italian painting of XVII-XVIII centuries
Around 1600 in Rome formed two directions-caravaggism and academism, largely determined the further development of not only Italian but also the entire European painting of the subsequent time. Caravaggio and…

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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 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

TRUE MASTERPIECES OF OUR TIME
Learn to distinguish the real painting from dull hack-work. Selling paintings is a promising business! Especially today, when the paintings are not only an object of admiration, a manifestation of…

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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 3)
The opening of the Moscow Public and Rumyantsev Museum in 1862 significantly stimulated the collecting activities of Muscovites, many of whom came from a merchant environment. By the opening of…

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7 famous artists who hid self-portraits in their paintings
Maxim of the Renaissance "Every artist paints himself", expressed in the XV century, has not lost relevance in our days. For centuries, in addition to simple self-portraits, painters have left…

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