EXPENSIVE LUXURY GIFTS, EXCLUSIVE GIFTS.
Speaking of luxury gifts it is impossible to ignore the paintings, which at all times were presented as significant gifts for the most important events. In the past, the picture…

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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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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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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

“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 revealed the powerful symbolism of red hair, which at different times alternately meant promiscuity, sensuality, cunning and, above all, otherness.

Red hair is rare, but why do we find its wearers particularly attractive or naturally lustful? Why Botticelli decided to give his Venus-the goddess of sex, beauty and love — long strands of ripe rye color? What prompted Rossetti to chase down the street Alexa Wilding-a woman he later portrayed in the painting “La Ghirlandata” (1873) and other works — and beg her to pose? (According to Jackie Collis Harvey, author of Red. The story of redheads”, Rossetti was “an absolutely classic example of a man obsessed with redheads, uncontrollably obsessed”.) Continue reading

Edward Lear: great artist, singer of nonsense

With the light hand of Edward Lear limericks went on his triumphant March around the world, establishing the canons of true English humor. Funny pentameters accompanied the drawings: long-nosed cranks, fat cats, dumbfounded owls … Illustrations were to match the new genre of absurdity. And who would have thought that a serious artist, a virtuoso animalist and master of landscape, “descend” to this? We tell about the remarkable artist who radiated warmth and good nature and managed to fill the world with charming paradoxes.

Edward Lear (1812 — 1888) was born in North London, the son of stockbroker Jeremy Lear and his wife Anne Clark Skerret. At a time when the main occupations of women were home Economics and the birth of children, it was not surprising that the future artist was the 20th child in the family. He was the youngest child to survive in an age without antibiotics or vaccinations. The economic turmoil of the Napoleonic wars led to the collapse of the London stock exchange, which directly affected the welfare of the Lear family. Continue reading

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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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 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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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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