Egyptian ostracons (part 1)
In the art of Ancient Egypt there are monuments that make up a special group. These are works of graphic art - drawings on brackons. The Greek word "ostrakon" literally…

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18th century Venetian landscape painters (part 1)
By the beginning of the XVIII century, the once powerful Venice had lost the significance of the political center of the Mediterranean, turning into a kind of pilgrimage center. Rich…

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Coroplasts from Tanagra (part 2)
In St. Petersburg, they became interested in the offer. Different motives led the parties to the transaction. The Minister of the Court, Count I.I. Vorontsov-Dashkov, was preoccupied with external prestige…

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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, covered galleries-porticos, public buildings, a forum appeared in the German forests, the heart of the Roman city, how the streets were paved, heating systems were installed in houses using pipes laid under the floor- of hypocausts or bronze rovings, how sewage was diverted to the Rhine, how it was grated, equipped with shutters and glass windows of houses, how their walls were decorated with mosaics and murals, elegant furniture appeared, thin-walled dishes – in a word, in barbaric life semi-wild tribes included civilization. Continue reading

Olympia - the sanctuary of Hellas (part 1)
A lot of miracles can be seen in Hellas, a lot of miracles can be heard here, but there is nothing of God's protection over anything like the Eleusinian Mysteries…

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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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Barbizon School of Painting (part 6)
The Russian critic V.V. Stasov appreciated the Barbizonians because “they did not decorate or sweeten, but conveyed the true forms of nature, the nature of Russian, French, and at the…

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18th century Venetian landscape painters (part 2)
Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (1697–1768), who managed to combine documentary precision with a subtle sense of nature, became the true master of the Vedut. He began to work as a painter…

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