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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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 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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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 the economy and cultural construction of the republic, interest in Turkmen decorative and applied art has revived. And colorful national women’s dresses became fashionable again. With minor changes in accordance with the modern way of life in the republic, they wear a traditional women’s costume, which took shape in the 18th – 19th centuries. Continue reading

Olympia – the sanctuary of Hellas (part 1)

A lot of miracles can be seen in Hellas, a lot of miracles can be heard here, but there is nothing of God’s protection over anything like the Eleusinian Mysteries and the Olympic competitions. ” So considered the historian and traveler Pausanias, who in the II century carefully studied the monuments of Ancient Greece and left the famous book “Description of Hellas”. And although eighteen centuries have passed since that time, pagan gods have long been rejected, but even today, a man stepping on the land of Olympia experiences a sense of reverence – akin to that which encompassed the ancient Greeks near the sanctuary of their main gods. Continue reading

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 made a satire mask, which attracted the attention of the enlightened Florentine ruler Lorenzo Medici, a great philanthropist and a versatile person.

Young Michelangelo moved to an art school at the court of Lorenzo, where he began to study under the guidance of Bertoldo di Giovanni, a student of Donatello. Continue reading

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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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…

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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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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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