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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How did the masters of the Italian Renaissance study (part 1)
Verrocchio, Mantegna, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo. The greatest geniuses. What a vivid personality and how much they differ from each other! What unites the unsurpassed masters of that time, which…

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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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Egyptian ostracons (part 4)

Ostracons constitute a significant, but little-known layer of Egyptian art. They can be divided into several categories: drawings, sketches, compositions for wall paintings and reliefs, fluent full-scale sketches, in which the masters made sketches of vivid postures, facial expressions, gestures, drawings, models, which served as a kind of visual aids.

Leading masters were fluent in the technique of carving and painting, and each of them was an excellent draftsman. In the sketch-models of compositions and details of individual scenes, they saw only the preliminary stage of work, without giving them independent artistic significance. They often simply threw ostracons after their role in the preparatory phase was exhausted.

In sketches on ostracons, artists allowed themselves to depict scenes of comic, grotesque content that were not intended for wide viewing. The bold ease of these works, the diversity of their themes, their appeal to everyday life reveal another important aspect of ancient Egyptian art – unofficial and non-canonical, warmed by sincerity feelings. They allow us not only to look into the creative laboratory of the master, but also to feel the beating of his heart, which responded to all the truly beautiful that life gave.

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…

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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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Turkmen folk costume (part 1)
If you come to Turkmenistan, then surely pay attention to women's clothing, which has preserved the national identity of the folk costume. In our time, marked by great successes in…

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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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