Oksana Kopenkina

Why The Last Day of Pompeii by Bryullov is a masterpiece

The phrase “The Last Day of Pompeii” is recognized by everyone, because the death of this ancient city was once depicted by Karl Bryullov (1799-1852). In such wise, the artist experienced an incredible triumph. At first, in Europe, since he created the artwork in Rome. Italians crowded outside his hotel to greet the genius. Walter …

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“Kiss” by Auguste Rodin: What Makes the Sculpture Unique

At first glance, the sculpture by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) may seem quite ordinary to us. The kiss of two naked people in marble will surprise few people now. But for its time, the end of the 19th century, the work was extraordinary. And it’s NOT even about the nudity of the figures. After all, at …

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Konstantin Korovin: Russian Impressionist

Here you can see a portrait of Konstantin Alexeevich Korovin, painted by Valentin Serov in a fairly unusual tone in comparison to other works of the artist. Pay attention to the arm of a painter, the one that rests on a striped pillow: there are only a few brush strokes. Moreover, everything on the artwork, …

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“La Fornarina” by Raphael.  The Story of Love and Secret Marriage 

In his later years, Raphael created the portrait of a woman (1519).  She clearly played a key role in the life of the Master.  She has a bracelet with the inscription “Raphael of Urbino” on her forearm. Looks like a looped bird. There is no doubt, who she belongs to.  It turned out, her relationship with Raphael was not limited to love affair.  When the painting was cleaned and restored in 1999, a …

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“Kiss of Judas” by Giotto. Why is this considered a masterpiece?

“The Kiss of Judas” (1305).  The story about mean treachery, about how the disciple of his Master betrayed. The depiction of this scene, from the New Testament is often found in frescoes, in psalms and on canvases. This story was portrayed more than once before Giotto and afterwards.  But “The Kiss of Judas” by Giotto (1303-1305) is special.  The difference between his …

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“Irises” by Van Gogh. About the Artist’s Floral Masterpiece

Van Gogh created the work “Irises” in a critical moment of his life.  While being in a clinic for the mentally ill, in Saint-Remy (southeast of France).  Several months prior to that, he sliced off his earlobe using a razor and had suffered a nervous breakdown.  Since then, about once a month he got epileptic seizures.  He fall into oblivion for several hours.  It is generally believed that after …

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Lamara Miranghi: Goodwill Artist

Lamara Miranghi (born 1970) became an artist in adulthood. She started painting almost by chance. But this is exactly the situation when the puzzle pieces fit together and a sense of true purpose arises. Lamara is a chemist. But before the invention of tubes with finished paint, all artists were a bit chemists. They themselves …

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Symbols in Art. Are Flowers and a Mirror Always Just Flowers and a Mirror

It is difficult to find a painting or sculpture in which there would be no symbols, that is, hidden meanings. Yes, symbolism is a very common phenomenon in art. The artists depicted a lily flower next to Saint Mary, as a symbol of her purity. We see such a flower in the 14th century altarpiece …

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The Great Wave by Hokusai. What is the secret of its popularity

The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai is the most famous work of an oriental master around the world. This image is so popular that it has covered millions of mugs, jewelry, and T-shirts. In terms of the number of copies, it can easily compete with Botticelli’s “Venus” and the angels of Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna”. How …

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Les Ambulants. 5 maîtres qui ont montré la vie du petit peuple

L’Association des expositions itinérantes a été fondée en 1870. Un groupe de jeunes artistes a défié l’art académique. Ce qui appelait à ne représenter que des mythes et des sujets historiques qui étaient coupés de la réalité. De plus, cet art n’était disponible que pour quelques personnes de la noblesse et des riches marchands. Les …

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