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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Brotherhood of the Pre-Raphaelites (part 3)
The first works with the mysterious monogram "PRB" appeared at exhibitions only in 1849. These were Lorenzo and Isabella by Milles, The Virginity of Mary by Rossetti, and Rienzi Hunt.…

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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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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

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 bears the name of the Renaissance? Not only new in comparison with the Middle Ages – interest in antiquity, a different theme and spiritual richness of works. At the heart of everyone’s creativity is a new professional method of teaching fine art in workshops. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Barbizon School of Painting (part 1)
Far from the noise of the capital, French painters of the last century took a fancy to the area around the royal residence of Fontainebleau, which, since the time of…

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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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Olympia - the sanctuary of Hellas (part 3)
The sculptor shows the moment before the start of the competition. Heroes are presented before the main events unfold. In each image, the outcome of this drama is read. Researchers…

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Brotherhood of the Pre-Raphaelites (part 1)
For a correct understanding of the movement of the Pre-Raphaelites, it is necessary to identify the difference between its individual stages, stretching over several decades. It should be noted that…

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