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…

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Abakumov Mikhail Georgievich
Abakumov Mikhail Georgievich. Painter. Born on February 25, 1948 in Kolomna, Moscow region. In 1968 he graduated from the Moscow art and industrial school. Kalinin. In 1977 — all-Union state…

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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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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 from the hostess, hiding in the closet. Arthiv tries to understand what is happening here: it turns out that a naked female breast can not only give the viewer aesthetic pleasure, but also tell a fascinating story.
Unknown artist of the Fontainebleau school. Gabriel d’estreux and his sister (1594).)
Gabrielle d estrees with her sister
In the picture of an unidentified master of the Fontainebleau school, young damsels take a bath. One of them clutched at her nipple, and judging by the melancholy expressions on the girls ‘ faces, the action came as no surprise to either of them. According to the conventional version, the painting depicts Henry IV’s favorite Gabrielle d’estre and her sister. Perhaps twisting each other’s nipples during water treatments among sisters is not such a rare phenomenon. Continue reading

School. Teacher. Disciple. Stories to help tune in to the new school year

We address these sketches not only to students and teachers, but also to all-all-all who on September 1 feel some nervousness, and at night dreams about exams.

“Terrible” students
In the history of painting there are many examples of negligent students. So, Florentine artist Filippo Lippi is clearly not enough stars from the sky. Attempts to teach him mathematics turned out to be a failure. Young Filippo only blinked at requests to add apples and pears. A little better was the case with the Humanities. But they did not evoke in the disciple due respect. “He just dirty all sorts of freaks their own and others ‘books” — so described the manner of training Lippi art historian and biographer Giorgio Vasari. In the end, the teachers resigned themselves and allowed Filippo to do only what he really turned out: drawing. And it was the right decision. Lippy was so successful that he later became a teacher himself. 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

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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"Red, red, freckled." The most famous redheads in art history
People with natural red hair color always attracted attention with their "unconventionality" - real or far-fetched. And throughout the history of art, artists from Sandro Botticelli to Dante Gabriel Rossetti…

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Italian Renaissance painting, XV-XVI centuries.
Painting Italy XV-early XVI century introduces the era of formation and flowering of Renaissance art. The ideological basis of the Italian culture of the Renaissance was humanism, and one of…

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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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