Egyptian ostracons (part 3)
Ostracons often go beyond traditional motives. Among them there are drawings of a parody and satirical character. A number of plots, in which parallels to fables are guessed, are almost…

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Antique Cologne (part 1)
Cologne ... Many have heard of this German city on the Rhine, a major center of medieval European culture. Well-known Cologne Cathedral - an unsurpassed monument of Gothic architecture. His…

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Antique Cologne (part 2)
In its best days, ancient Cologne was a big city: 20-25 thousand people lived in it. One can imagine how fast this Roman city on the Rhine grew, how temples,…

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Chinese classical painting (part 3)

The landscape born of the artist’s imagination was always filled with the breath of life. The long scroll “Autumn in the Valley of the Yellow River”, performed in the XI century by Guo Xi, shows endless chains of mountains, old pines, huts sunk in the waves of soft fog. Peace reigns in nature. The landscape is monochrome, painted with light washings of mascara in combination with clear graphic lines. And the famous artist Ma Yuan, who lived in the XII – XIII centuries, depicting a fragile boat of a fisherman, swinging among the expanses of a winter lake, gives no coast, or even a piece of land. Continue reading

Mexican painting of the first half of the XX century (part 1)
In the XX century, one of the most significant phenomena of world culture unexpectedly became the art of Latin America, especially Mexico. The dramatic history of this country is replete…

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Barbizon School of Painting (part 5)
The views of the Barbizonians are many contradictory. Striving for a truthful depiction of nature, they, paradoxically, were negative towards realism, considering it too prosaic, aimed at creating "copies", and…

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Brotherhood of the Pre-Raphaelites (part 4)
A storm broke out in 1850, partly due to Rossetti's tactlessness. All members of the fraternity had to sacredly keep the secrets of the initials of “PRB” sacred, and so…

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Syrian landscapes (part 3)
The main advantage of the work lies in color harmony, lighting features, characteristic of the second half of the day, when the sun from the zenith begins to decline. The…

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