"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…

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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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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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“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 too “Arthouse” scenario. The film “Frida” — one of the few happy exceptions. Strong, bright and exciting film about the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was the result of many years of dreams and hard work of a small group of enthusiasts. We tell how, thanks to whom and in spite of what the film “Frida”was shot.

The film about the life and work of Frida Kahlo was a dream project for Salma Hayek. She dreamed of this film and being a star of Mexican soap operas, and already “lit up” in American cinema in supporting roles. “At the time, it was unthinkable for a Mexican actress to claim a place in Hollywood,” Hayek recalls. Continue reading

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 only representatives of a narrow circle of powerful rulers and nobility.

They commissioned a portrait from the most talented and famous master of his time. Portraits were painted from nature for months or even years, the artist tried to deeply feel the human essence, thoroughly display the individual traits, simultaneously fixing the attributes of the time when the portrait was painted. Therefore, portrait art is of great value in the historical and cultural sense.

But, what is a portrait to order today? After all, painting technologies of the past centuries, materials and means of expression have long changed. Continue reading

THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS OF 2016
TOP 10 auction sales in 2016 was as follows: 10th place "Peach blossom of spring" 1982. Zhang Daxian. Sotheby's auction, Hong Kong, April 5, 2016. - 34,899 million $ The…

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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…

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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…

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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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