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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THE INFLUENCE OF PAINTINGS BY CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS ON OUR LIVES
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…

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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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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 1)
The collection of Italian paintings is one of the most important sections of the Museum's art gallery: it has more than five hundred and fifty works and chronologically covers the…

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The history of the collection (part 1)
The collection of Italian paintings is one of the most important sections of the Museum's art gallery: it has more than five hundred and fifty works and chronologically covers the…

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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 10 MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS OF 2015
2015 exceeded all expectations and broke the most expensive sale in the world of painting in its history. But all in order. Here are the works that last year went…

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