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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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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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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20 masterpieces of painting that every child should know

We present the first issue of our “art guide” for children: if you want your child to be savvy in the cultural sphere-we offer to start small. Children often see these images, and we suggest to learn more about the popular sources of “memes”. Masterpieces are arranged in chronological order, each picture we report on one curious fact. To be continued: new issues of the heading we will make together with you.

Please note: “click” on the image opens the picture in full size, and under the picture you will find a full description of each work of this art collection.
1. Jan van Eyck, Portrait of the Arnolfini couple (1434)
Jan van Eyck. Portrait of the Arnolfini couple
Portrait of the Arnolfini couple
Jan van Eyck
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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 entire period of development of one of the leading European schools of painting. Of these, the permanent exhibition presents no more than two hundred, and those that are stored in the vaults of the Museum, remain little known, both to the General public and specialists.

Italian painting has a special place in the history of the Pushkin state Museum of fine arts (GMII), because it began with the formation of his art gallery. The founder of the Museum Ivan Vladimirovich Tsvetaev, who conceived the idea to create a Museum of casts of works of classical sculpture at Moscow University, even before its opening, came to the conclusion about the need to include originals in the exhibition, primarily paintings. 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…


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…


"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…


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…