How Pavel Tretyakov competed with the emperor
Before the revolution, patronage of the arts was considered not only charitable, but also beneficial for the donor himself, and the point here was not taxes at all. According to…

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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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Byzantine female icons of Klimt
The popularity of Gustav Klimt can be envied by any artist and any man. It is safe to say that Gustav Klimt lived a happy life. From childhood, he was…

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Monthly Archives: June 2017

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 is formed on the surface, which protects the fresco, making it extremely durable. The fresco was known already in the period of Aegean culture (2 thousand years BC), but its heyday falls on the Renaissance. Artists of this era used multilayer polished soils with the addition of marble dust. Outstanding masters of fresco painting of the Renaissance were Michelangelo and Raphael. In Christian culture, the fresco has become a favorite way to decorate the inner and sometimes outer walls of the temple.
Today, a fresco is called any wall painting. Continue reading

10 world famous paintings in which hidden symbols and messages are hidden
In the old days, when people were forbidden to express their opinions or beliefs publicly (or it was considered rude to publicize their true feelings), paintings and sculptures were a…

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Secrets of the Four Seasons
This year marks almost 430 years since the death of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian artist known for his original portraits of fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish. Giuseppe so skillfully portrayed…

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Why does music influence our emotions so much
In an article from the series “Ask, Answer,” designed to quench reader’s curiosity, BBC Future journalist explores the impact of music on people's emotional state. “Why does music have a…

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8 creepy paintings that are impossible to look at without a shudder
Typically, painters create paintings that you want to consider again and again, admiring the transmitted beauty on canvas. But not all canvases of outstanding artists evoke only positive emotions. In…

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