Ciphers, signs and self-portraits: How artists of the past signed their paintings
Not every masterpiece of painting contains the signature of the artist. There were reasons for this, both at the dawn of the Renaissance and in the modern era; they are…

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"Love Letter" by Jan Vermeer
At the first glance at Jan Vermeer's famous painting “Love Letter”, the name seems far-fetched, because the letter itself is hardly noticeable. But the lute in the hands of a…

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VARIETIES OF THE GENRE CITYSCAPE
Cityscape is a genre of fine art in which the main subject of the image are city streets and buildings. In European art, the cityscape, as a separate genre of…

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Monthly Archives: April 2017

INTERIOR STYLES AND PAINTINGS

Avant-garde-style, in which color or form, necessarily contrast with each other.
In the avant-garde can be combined completely incompatible objects and materials.
In choosing paintings for the avant-garde style of the plot is not so important, the main thing is to choose the right color and texture.
Empire-the style of Napoleon I, which emphasizes luxury, splendor and power. External effect in Empire valued more, than convenience.
The plot of the paintings for the Empire style is diverse – it can be portraits, still lifes, hunting scenes, scenes of military campaigns, mythological subjects, landscapes, seascapes, etc. – the main thing is that they emphasize the luxury of the interior. Continue reading

VARIETIES OF GENRE STILL LIFE

Still life (with FR. nature morte-dead, inanimate nature) – artistic depiction of various household items.
In the XV-XVI centuries still life was considered as part of a historical or genre composition. Early still lifes often performed a utilitarian function, for example, as a decoration of Cabinet doors or to mask a wall niche.
As an independent genre of painting still life was formed in the XVII century in the works of Dutch and Flemish artists.
The term nature morte (dead nature) appeared in the XVIII century and reflected a dismissive attitude to the still life by the academic community, which preferred the “high” genres, the area of which was “living nature” (historical, battle, allegorical, religious, mythological). Until the end of the XIX century still life was considered as a “lower” genre.
The heyday of still life painting is associated with the invention in the XIX century of the method of production of tube paints and the appearance of plein-air painting. Continue reading

Yuri Shatunov - 46: Is it true that the star of “Tender May” will no longer sing “White Roses”?
On September 6, the famous singer, former soloist of the band "Tender May" Yuri Shatunov celebrates his 46th birthday. In the mid-1980s he was the idol of millions of Soviet…

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Unknown portrait of da Vinci brush
It may seem that the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci has many paintings - this artist, who died five hundred years ago, is mentioned too much and too often in…

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What is the significance of music when considering various areas of our lives
Music is a significant part of the cultures of different countries and peoples. The tremendous importance of musical culture is obvious. Without even thinking about the degree of this significance…

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A LITTLE ABOUT WALL PAINTING
FRESCO Fresco (derived from ital. fresco, literally-fresh) - one of the techniques of wall painting. The painting is written on raw plaster paints diluted in water. When dried, a film…

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