Paintings

The Starry Night of Van Gogh. 5 unexpected facts about the picture.

The Starry Night is one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. What is so unusual about it? Why, once you see, you will not forget it? What kind of air vortices are depicted in the sky? Why are stars so big? And how did the painting, which Van Gogh considered unsuccessful, become a reference masterpiece …

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“Madonna Litta” by Leonardo da Vinci. Unusual details of the masterpiece

Madonna Litta. A loving mother holds her child. He sucks a breast. Virgin Mary is beautiful. The baby is strikingly like a mother. He looks at us with a serious look. The small picture is 42 x 33 cm (1.4 x 1.1 ft). But it is monumental. The capacious space of the canvas contains something …

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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: 6 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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The Goldfinch: a painting by a forgotten genius Fabritius

“He (Fabritius) was Rembrandt’s disciple and Vermeer’s teacher… And this tiny canvas (The Goldfinch painting) is that very missing link between them.” Quote from Donna Tartt’s novel “The Goldfinch” (2013) Before the novel by Donna Tartt has been published, few people have ever heard about such an artist as Fabritius (1622-1654). Much less his small painting The Goldfinch (33 x 23 cm). But it was thanks to …

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The Shepherds of Arcadia. Poussin’s most mysterious painting

The painting by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) “The shepherds of Arcadia” is unlikely to attract your attention in the Louvre as it is. Unless you adore Poussin. However, if you know the painting’s plot, it becomes almost the most interesting one among all the paintings in the world. So, what do we see in the picture? As judged by the name, we see three shepherds and a lady, …

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Mythological paintings. The main characters and symbols

Ancient Greek myths are exciting adventures of gods, heroes, and evil creatures. They are interesting in every respect. They are more entertaining than Hollywood blockbusters and give an opportunity to understand a completely different mindset of people of pre-Christian civilization. But not only ancient authors gave us knowledge about mythology. Artists who lived before the …

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