THE MOST HIGH-PROFILE SALES OF PAINTINGS IN THE WORLD IN 2014
1. Barnett Newman "Black fire I" 1961 g-84 160 000 USD The masterpiece was sold under the hammer on may 13, 2014 at Christie's evening auction and set a price…

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Principal ballet of the century: Oscar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus theatre
The XX century was generous with artistic experiments, performances, plexus of different types of art, plotless, symbolic, abstract, provocative actions. But with all this defiant diversity, there is one theatrical…

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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…

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20 masterpieces of painting that every child should know

We present the first issue of our “art guide” for children: if you want your child to be savvy in the cultural sphere-we offer to start small. Children often see these images, and we suggest to learn more about the popular sources of “memes”. Masterpieces are arranged in chronological order, each picture we report on one curious fact. To be continued: new issues of the heading we will make together with you.

Please note: “click” on the image opens the picture in full size, and under the picture you will find a full description of each work of this art collection.
1. Jan van Eyck, Portrait of the Arnolfini couple (1434)
Jan van Eyck. Portrait of the Arnolfini couple
Portrait of the Arnolfini couple
Jan van Eyck
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THE 10 MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS OF 2018

For the first time in recent years, 2018 auctions were held without sensations , the absolute record of 2017 , the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Savior of the world” for 450 million dollars, was not overcome. However, for the auctioned artists updated personal auction records largely due to the sale of the collection of the Rockefeller family in may 2018 at Christie’s auction.

10th place
Zhao Wuji Triptych “June-October 1985”, Sotheby’s, Hong Kong 30.09.2018 – 65.2 million $
Chinese artist Zhao Wuji first hit the top of the world rankings. He was born in Beijing, and at the age of 28, being in demand and already known artist, moved to France, was on friendly terms with Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miro and Jacques Chirac. The last years before his death in 2013 he lived in Switzerland. Triptych measuring 100 x 280 cm is an abstract landscape in purple and orange tones. Continue reading

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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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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Pre-Raphaelite painting in the details on the outfits and armor (part 2)
"The dress of the lady of Shallots is absolutely fantastic, from the historical point of view it can not be considered. — There is a round mirror behind the lady…

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"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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