In art, still life (from the French. Natur morte – “dead nature”) is usually called the image of inanimate objects, united in a single compositional group. Still life can have both independent meaning and be an integral part of the composition of the genre picture.
In a still life, a person’s attitude to the world is expressed. It reveals the understanding of beauty that is inherent in the artist as a person of his time.
The art of a thing has long been, long before becoming an independent field of artistic creation, was an integral part of any significant work. The role of a still life in a picture has never been exhausted by simple information, an accidental addition to the main content. Depending on the historical conditions and social demands, objects Continue reading
Theft of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
On August 21, 1911, the painting was stolen by an employee of the Louvre, the Italian master of mirrors Vincenzo Perugia.
A year earlier, the director of the Louvre, Theofil Omol (who had resigned shortly after the theft), stated that the assassination of Mona Lisa was just as likely as an attempt to steal the bells of Notre Dame.
The purpose of this abduction is not clear. Perhaps Perugia wanted to return the “Mona Lisa” to its historical homeland, believing that the French “kidnapped” it and forgetting that Leonardo himself brought the painting to France.
Searches undertaken by the police did not bring any results. The borders of the country were closed, the museum administration was dismissed. The poet Guillaume Apollinaire was arrested on suspicion of committing a crime and later released. Pablo Picasso was also under suspicion.
The painting was found only two years later in Italy – and the thief himself was the fault, who responded to an Continue reading