Olympia - the sanctuary of Hellas (part 4)
In the building of the workshop there were altars. The disciples of Phidias received the nickname of the cleaners, as they were entrusted with the honorable duty of cleaning the…

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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…

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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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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 quaint buildings. A cashlan with a mark of observation conveys many details characteristic of old Damascus – wooden blinds on the windows, asymmetrically located windows on stone walls, consoles supporting balconies, constantly arches. In some paintings, the author gives a panorama of the Syrian capital with a translucent haze of warm air hiding the sharp outlines of buildings, reveals the romantic beginning of the city’s appearance. Continue reading

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 and the possibility of infringing on German interests. He wrote to the Director of the Hermitage, Count A. A. Vasilchikov: “All the major European museums have now turned their attention to this collection. In the Berlin Museum we have a terrible rival. Our young Kizeritsky, who has seen the collection in Athens and in Berlin, says that every thing in it is worth its weight in gold … Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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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Brotherhood of the Pre-Raphaelites (part 5)
Lizzy Siddal was a saleswoman of some fashionista when the artist Deverell saw her and admired the unusual, sophisticated beauty of a girl with copper-gold hair. She served as a…

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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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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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