Oksana Kopenkina

Paintings of the Hermitage. 7 Masterpieces Worth Seeing

The Hermitage in St. Petersburg. 5 buildings. 20 km of corridors. 350 halls. 60,000 paintings. You will need 40 days to view them all. If you stop at each picture for at least 1 minute. The Hermitage has not been justifying its name for a long time. This word is translated from French as “a …

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Leonardo da Vinci Paintings. 5 Eternal Masterpieces

Leonardo da Vinci is the most famous artist in the world. And this fact is surprising, because only 19 preserved paintings of the master are known. How is this possible? Does two dozen artworks make the artist the greatest? The secret of this is in Leonardo himself. He is one of the most unusual people …

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Fayum Portraits: Amazing Facts About The Most Ancient Paintings

Fayum portraits are a unique phenomenon. After all, they were created 2000 years ago. But in terms of quality of execution, some of them are not inferior to European portraits of the 15th century! A huge temporary chasm of 15 centuries, which we ourselves created. But which we were able to overcome. A bit of …

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Bosch Paintings: 5 Masterpieces of the most Mysterious Artist

Hieronymous Bosch is the most mysterious artist of all time. His paintings are still trying to decipher. But we will not come close to their full solution, because Bosch spoke several languages. In the language of religious symbolism. In the language of the alchemists. And also in the language of Dutch proverbs. And even astrology. …

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Impressionists: 7 Great French Artists

“A new world was born when the impressionists wrote it” Henry Cahnweiler XIX century. France. An unprecedented event has occurred in arts world. A group of young artists decided to shake the 500-year-old tradition.  Instead of clear lines, they used wide “careless” strokes. Also they abandoned usual images, portraying both ladies of easy virtue and gentlemen …

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Malevich’s Black Square: why is this a masterpiece

Probably, everyone thought about the paradox of Malevich’s “Black Square”. You can’t think of anything easier than a black square. There is nothing easier than drawing a black square. Nevertheless, it is recognized as a masterpiece. If today it goes to open auction, collectors will buy it for 140 million $! How did this “misunderstanding” …

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Paintings of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow: 7 masterpieces worth seeing

Gallery of 19th and 20th century European and American Art is part of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow (located in the adjacent building by address Volkhonka street, 14). It houses one of the best collections of impressionism and post-impressionism in the world. Only the d’Orsay Museum in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in …

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Rembrandt “Ahaseurus and Haman at the Feast of Esther”

Three figures. The plot of the Old Testament. Queen Esther is of Jewish origin. She learned that the Vizier, the king’s favorite, was going to treacherously destroy her people. She decided to tell her husband about it at a feast. In the presence of Haman himself. Rembrandt shows the most dramatic moment. Esther has just …

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Agnolo Bronzino “Allegory with Venus and Cupid”. Secret Message to the King

Bronzino’s painting “Allegory with Venus and Cupid” is one of the most mysterious and erotic paintings of Renaissance era. The artist put in it a secret message, which was intended to the king of France. What did the artist, or rather the customer of the painting, Cosimo I of Medici, the ruler of Tuscany, want …

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The sleeping gypsy. Striped masterpiece by Henri Rousseau

It would seem that Henri Rousseau portrayed an ominous scene. A predator crept up to a sleeping person. But the feeling of anxiety does not occur. For some reason, we are sure that the lion will not attack the gypsy. Moonlight gently falls on everything. The gypsy robe seems to glow with fluorescent colors. And …

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