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 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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THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS SOLD IN THE WORLD IN 2013.
The past year is remembered for several high-profile auctions and impressive amounts of sales. 1. November 12, 2013 at Christie's auction easily went under the hammer the work of Francis…

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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

“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

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 its most important components – the discovery and deep creative development of the ancient heritage. The art of that time asserts the idea of the high destiny of man. In their works, the artists displayed the world around them, based on scientific achievements, they developed the foundations of linear perspective, studied human anatomy and the laws of lighting.

The leading cultural center during the Early Renaissance (XV century) was Florence. Sandro Botticelli, one of the prominent masters of the time, belongs full of inner excitement “Annunciation”, referring to the late period of his work. Continue reading

THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS OF 2017
I place and a new sensation in the art world – the most expensive painting on the planet: Leonardo da Vinci. Savior of the world. Circa 1500 Christie's, new York,…

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BUY PAINTINGS FOR HOME AND OFFICE
If You are thinking about buying a painting for home or office, then the interior is ready after time-consuming repairs and finishes, furniture took its place and lacks only the…

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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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"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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