Operation "Masterpiece". Six facts about crimes in the sphere of art from the book by Robert Whitman
In September, Ivanov, Mann & Ferber released a new book, Operation Masterpiece, written by former FBI agent Robert Wittman and co-authored by John Schiffman. What is interesting about this book?…

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"Bavarian rose" - Empress Sissi. Ceremonial portraits, drama, life (part 3)
As the years passed, the children grew. Relations with Franz Joseph eventually finally upset: for 14 years, the Emperor had an affair with the wife of a railway employee Anna…

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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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Monthly Archives: November 2018

“Bavarian rose” – Empress Sissi. Ceremonial portraits, drama, life (part 2)

Two years later, a son was born in the family — crown Prince Rudolf, who, of course, was immediately taken under the care of his grandmother and attracted her caregivers.

Josef Neugebauer. Rudolf, crown Prince of Austria as a child
Empress Elizabeth with her two children and a portrait of the late Archduchess Sophia Frederica
Sissy, wanting a break from the quarrels and fruitless attempts to change the situation, decided to go on a trip. In this connection, it was announced that the Empress was seriously ill. How else could she explain her four-month stay in Madeira? It was only when she was away from the Palace, its intrigues and intolerable rules, and alone with herself, that she found peace and harmony. As she traveled, sissy thought of her children and her still-beloved husband, writing detailed letters and sending gifts. Continue reading

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 of his life. Narrative, where heroes say very little (Saskia for 20 minutes onscreen existence not utters nor words, and only talk smiles or seemed to forget eyes), and “the” means very many. People here are mostly silent-talking objects. Here is a gust of wind opens the window — and the rain begins to lash into the house, here crawling spider, the old woman froze reading the Bible, that Rembrandt puts on Saskia’s head wreath of wildflowers, that newborn baby firmly grabs Rembrandt’s finger. All this is interspersed with close-UPS of Rembrandt’s paintings and their details — hands, eyes, hats… Background music sounds — a pipe or a double bass. In color, the film is close to Rembrandt’s painting: shades of brown and ochre-gold predominate here. 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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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…

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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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"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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