"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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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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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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“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 Nagowski. There is speculation that he fathered two of her children. And his love affair with a “heart friend” actress Katharine of SRTT never disappeared and continued until the last days. It was said that sissy was not jealous of her husband — on the contrary, she introduced him to Katharine to compensate for her constant absence. She was even called the ” uncrowned Empress.” 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

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

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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The history of the collection (part 3)
The opening of the Moscow Public and Rumyantsev Museum in 1862 significantly stimulated the collecting activities of Muscovites, many of whom came from a merchant environment. By the opening of…

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"Frida": cinema, love, art and struggle
There are not many really good films about artists. In some cases, the creators brings too modest budget, which inevitably affects the quality. Sometimes the fault is too boring or…

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"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.…

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