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Brotherhood of the Pre-Raphaelites (part 2)
The very name of the fraternity seemed to imply recognition of the art of Raphael's predecessors and a denial of himself. But this is not so. The picturesque achievements of…

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Brotherhood of the Pre-Raphaelites (part 2)
The very name of the fraternity seemed to imply recognition of the art of Raphael's predecessors and a denial of himself. But this is not so. The picturesque achievements of…

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Mexican painting of the first half of the XX century (part 2)
The start of the Mexican schedule itself was laid by the largest engraver of the XIX century - Jose Guadalupe Posada. He worked as an artist in newspapers, first in…

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Ordinary magic glass (part 2)

The art of the Venetian masters aroused delight and imitation. Legends were made about him. Their works were so amazing that they were considered magical: they seemed to save from poison and disease, it was only necessary to drain the precious goblet of Venetian work. And subtle connoisseurs sometimes bequeathed to put the most valuable objects of colored glass in their tombs, from where archaeologists extracted them. So some of the early Venetian colored glass products painted with colored enamels and gold managed to reach us. Continue reading

Ordinary magic glass (part 1)

The expression “Venetian glass” has become a household word. It is used for a high appreciation of the artistic merits of works of glass. And it is no coincidence that the largest museums in the world are proud of the works of nameless glassmakers of Venice along with paintings by famous painters – their contemporaries: Titian, Carpaccio, Veronese, Giorgione. Particularly remarkable are the products of the 16th century – the truly “golden age” of Venetian glass. They are even more advantageous when compared with European glass of the preceding one and a half millennia: thick-walled, muddy-green bottles, rough cups in the form of horns or stumps with uncomplicated decorations. Continue reading

Mexican painting of the first half of the XX century (part 3)

The workshop absorbed the wonderful traditions of Mexican art, became a phenomenon of world graphics of the XX century. The masters of this association developed the progressive traditions of other countries, using the experience of F. Mazerel or R. Guttuso, Soviet cartoonists and poster artists, especially D. Moore, and American graphic artists-communists. The workshop was preceded by the schedule of Posada, and it is no coincidence that the leader and founder of the workshop, Leopoldo Mendes, depicts Posada: he angrily watches the reprisal against the popular manifestation. Continue reading

Mexican painting of the first half of the XX century (part 2)

The start of the Mexican schedule itself was laid by the largest engraver of the XIX century – Jose Guadalupe Posada. He worked as an artist in newspapers, first in provincial cities, then in Mexico City. He cut everyday scenes, illustrations, caricatures on wood, in total he completed over 15 thousand engravings. Posada declared himself during the years of reaction, and at the end of his life he became the first artist of the revolution, he was admired and studied by the great masters of Mexican art. Engravings Posada responded to everything that happened in the country, they were printed in large print runs on cheap paper. 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 with brutal conquests, murders, ruthless oppression of the masses – starting from the invasion in the 12th century of the warlike Aztec people, who later created a formidable state in Central Mexico. Continue reading

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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How did the masters of the Italian Renaissance study (part 3)
As another example, let us trace how the creative personality of Michelangelo was formed. For thirteen years he entered the studio of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. At age 15, he…

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Coroplasts from Tanagra (part 1)
The Greek words "tanagra", "tanagryanka" entered the Russian language about a hundred years ago. They are used today to denote everything fragile, feminine and plastic. The artist V. Serov invented…

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Olympia - the sanctuary of Hellas (part 2)
The ancient Greeks erected the origin of the Olympic Games to mythological times, the honor of their approval was attributed to both Zeus himself and Heracles. But these are just…

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