The ancient Greeks erected the origin of the Olympic Games to mythological times, the honor of their approval was attributed to both Zeus himself and Heracles. But these are just myths. Today we know that the Olympics could arise in that era when the ideal of a free personality was formed, in which the beauty of the body was combined with moral greatness, that ideal of a person who combined the strength of an athlete, the courage of a warrior and the courage of a citizen. Continue reading
Household painting originated in China long before the advent of other genres. She illustrated legends and short stories, was eloquent, narrative. Where human emotions and poetic moods were touched, the image invariably interwoven with the landscape. The worldview of medieval China can be called landscape – so the being of people was realized in connection with nature.
Since ancient times, it has been closely monitored. Unlike the countries of Europe, where man was the measure of all things, here it became a natural principle. Continue reading
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 not genuine art. G. Courbet was neglected, believing that his paintings “place in the kitchen.” The Barbizonians did not like the social orientation, which was strong with the master from Ornan. It came from their ideas about life, art. Fearing modern civilization, artists were extremely conservative politically. Continue reading