By its own rules. Self-portraits of Polish artists
Singer of the Slavs in the Japanese kimono, naked, hardly matching the canons of exquisite nudes. Self-portraits of Polish artists play with the viewer and at every step deceive his…

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Masterpieces of French Painting
Felix Edward Vallotton is usually considered a Frenchman, but he was born in Switzerland, in Lausanne, on December 28, 1865 into a Protestant family. His father, Arman Adrien, was a…

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Mane Edouard
Born in a family of large officials. He began to draw in college. Opposing the intended lawyer career, he entered the maritime school. In 1848 he went on a hike…

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17th century Italian painting

At the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, two artistic trends emerged in Italian painting: one related to the art of Caravaggio, the second to the work of the Karacci brothers. The activities of these masters not only largely determined the nature of Italian painting. But it also influenced the art of all European art schools of the 17th century.

The essence of the reform of Caravaggio was a completely unconditional recognition of the aesthetic value of reality, to the image of which he turned in his painting. The experience of Caravaggio at an early stage of creativity is one of the sources of the development of everyday genre painting in 17th-century art, for example, the painting “Fortune Teller”.

However, in painting on traditional subjects, Caravaggio remains true to himself – he “translated” the Sacred History into a folk language. The art of Caravaggio gave rise to a whole direction – caravaggism, which has spread not only in Italy, but also in Spain, Flanders, Holland, France. Continue reading

4th century Florentine painting

In the 4th century, Florence was Italy’s leading cultural center. Having lived only 27 years old, the talented Florentine artist Masaccio has largely determined the development of Florentine art after 1425. It was Masaccio who formulated the tasks that his followers in Florence would solve: perspective as a means of constructing space in a picture, human anatomy, light, storytelling in painting.

Beato Angelico’s painting “The Coronation of the Virgin Mary”, 1435
Beato Angelico was a monk at the monastery of San Domenico in Fusole, which did not prevent him from conducting active artistic activity not only in Florence, but also abroad, for example, in Rome, where he was invited by the pope to paint the Sacramento chapel in the Vatican (unfortunately not preserved ) Continue reading

Spanish painting. Modern period

Over the centuries, Spanish artists began to move away from traditional painting styles towards more abstract and freer styles. Plots became more obscure, reaching its peak in the direction of surrealism. The 20th century was probably one of the richest centuries in terms of the work of successful and world-famous Spanish artists. This century was the time of Picasso, Dali and Gris among others, all of them made a significant impression on the world of Spanish art.

Impressionist Spanish Art
Impressionism originated in Paris in the second half of the 19th century, in the 1860s and 1870s, although it was never very successful there, as it was not approved by the French Academy of Fine Arts. However, today Continue reading

Lithuanian stories of Mikalojus Čiurlionis
The genius of East European symbolism, artist, composer, writer and photographer, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis was brought up in Polish culture, but became an outstanding creator of Lithuanian culture, an artist…

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The most famous muses of great artists. The artist and his muse
Simonetta Vespucci (Simonetta Dei Cattanei) Beloved Sandro Botticelli The wife of Marco Vespucci, whose brother, Amerigo, gave his name to America, discovered by Christopher Columbus. The great artist Sandro Botticelli…

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Masterpieces of French Painting
Felix Edward Vallotton is usually considered a Frenchman, but he was born in Switzerland, in Lausanne, on December 28, 1865 into a Protestant family. His father, Arman Adrien, was a…

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"Where Van Gogh Breathes the Stars ..."
Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in the Dutch village of Grot-Sundert, in the family of a rural pastor. Little Vincent was taciturn and gloomy, did not like…

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