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…

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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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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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Venice School of Painting (part 3)

Carpaccio is related by poetic mood to the greatest of the Venetian painters of the 15th century – Giovanni Bellini, the youngest son of Jacopo. But his artistic interests lay in a slightly different sphere. The masters were not carried away by the detailed narrative, genre motives, although he had a lot of work in the genre of historical painting, beloved by the Venetians. These paintings, with the exception of one written by him along with his brother Gentile, did not reach us. But all the charm and poetic depth of his talent revealed in compositions of a different kind. They have no action, no unfolded event. These are monumental altars depicting the Madonna on the throne surrounded by saints (the so-called “Holy Interviews”), or small paintings in which, against the backdrop of a quiet, clear nature, we see the madonna and child, immersed in thought, or other characters of religious legends. In these laconic, simple compositions there is a happy fullness of life, lyrical concentration. The illustrative language of the artist is characterized by majestic generalization and harmonious ordering. Giovanni Bellini is far ahead of the masters of his generation, affirming the principles of artistic synthesis in Venetian art.

Having lived to a very old age, for many years he led the artistic life of Venice, holding the position of official painter. The great Venetians Giorgione and Titian emerged from Bellini’s workshop, whose names are associated with the most brilliant era in the history of the Venetian school.

Giorgione da Castelfranco lived a short life. He died thirty-three years during one of the then frequent plague epidemics. His legacy is small in volume: some of Gorzione’s paintings, which remained incomplete, were completed by a younger comrade and workshop assistant Titian. However, the few paintings by Giorgione were to be a revelation to contemporaries. This is the first artist in Italy, whose secular themes decisively prevailed over the religious, determined the whole system of creativity.

He created a new, deeply poetic image of the world, unusual for Italian art of that time with its attraction to grandiose grandeur, monumentality, heroic intonations. In the paintings of Giorgione we see the world idyllically beautiful and simple, full of brooding silence.

Chinese classical painting (part 1)
The painting of China, which flourished in the Middle Ages - the 4th – 19th centuries AD - did not accidentally take a place of honor in world art history.…

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Syrian landscapes (part 2)
A reflection of this approach was the work of Mamduh Kashlan. In “Local Street”, he depicts a typical street in the old district of the city with picturesque neighborhoods and…

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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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Syrian landscapes (part 1)
Most of the landscape compositions of Syrian artists are dedicated to the old Damascus and the village of Maalulya, located in a picturesque mountainous area near Damascus. It has become…

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