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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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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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What a nu! 8 weird pictures with Topless characters and what it all means
In the painting by husepe Ribera, a bearded old man is breastfeeding a baby. Caravaggio-on the contrary, a young girl breastfeeding an old man. Magritte's chest, Gogol's manner of escaping…

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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 — but there were no such large mirrors in the middle Ages, and they were generally convex.
Above hang oil lamps-personally I am very interested in their availability and use in Europe XIV—XV centuries, because it is convenient for the reenactment life. However, although oil lamps were then, but they looked very different, not like the Eastern “aladdinki”depicted on the canvas.
Jan van Eyck. Portrait of the Arnolfini couple (fragment)
The famous mirror in Jan van Eyck’s painting the Arnolfini Couple»
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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, described in them the sublime relationships and exploits of brave knights for the sake of beautiful ladies. But the visual range of their paintings is often closer to” fantasy ” than to the realities of distant times. What on the canvases corresponds to the reality of the past, and what-not, we learned from historical reenactors, showing them the famous paintings of artists.
Ekaterina Lyashenko
Reenactor with 11 years of experience. Since 2008 she has been engaged in historical dances, in 2010 she created the Studio of historical costume RoyalTailor. Continue reading

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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Van Gogh’s suicide: ten arguments why the murder story is a myth

Art critic Martin Bailey, a researcher of the life of Vincent van Gogh, says: a few years ago, he often asked the question ” Why did the artist cut off his ear?”. Now the question is, did he commit suicide or was he actually killed?

The theory that the cause of death of van Gogh was murder (possibly manslaughter), arose in 2011 after the publication of a comprehensive study — a biography of the artist authored by two American writers, Stephen Nayfe and Gregory white Smith. They claimed that on July 27, 1890, van Gogh was shot in the stomach by 16-year-old Rene Secretan. The young man spent the summer at Auvers-sur-Oise and mocked the artist. Van Gogh was able to return to his hotel and died of his wounds two days later. Continue reading

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 secret signatures on their canvases and inserted their images into the works — sometimes in a very unexpected and inventive way.

This sense of self-worth among artists arose in the Renaissance with its humanistic values, proclaiming the importance of the individual and creativity. During this period, two types of hidden self-portraits appeared in Europe. In Italy, artists usually placed their images on the right side of paintings or altars, and their gaze was consciously turned to the viewer.
Sandro Botticelli. Adoration of the Magi
Painting “Adoration of the Magi” (1475) with the representatives of the Medici clan depicted on it. The far right is believed to be Sandro Botticelli portrayed himself. Continue reading

Anikeev Mikhail Korneevich
Anikeev Mikhail Korneevich. Painter. He was born on March 14, 1925 in the village of Nizovaya, Tambov region. In 1950 he graduated from the Chisinau higher art school (Chisinau, Moldova).…


Special sensuality in each canvas In today's world of hustle and bustle, metal and glass, so often lacks the wonderful greenery of nature, the warmth of sunlight, understanding of life…


Children's art: children about the works of ciurlenis, Pollock, Magritte, Goya
We continue to collect children's opinions about the works of famous artists. Which picture is the most terrible, and which is the most beautiful? We remind you that in our…


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…