Ferrara School of Painting
In the 13—16th centuries, the d’Este family ruled the Duchy of Ferrara. They were famous for their passionate love for “non-standard” painting beyond the pale of the established canons. From the time of Duke Leonello, the rulers encouraged innovative artists, invited them to live at court, and paid for the costs of improving their talents. This is how the Ferrara school of painting was formed…
The Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts
In Kyiv, on Tereshchenkivska Street, there is a museum, the fame of which has stepped far beyond the borders of Ukraine. It is famous for its most complete and rich collection of Western and Oriental art in Ukraine: the collection features about 20,000 works donated by generous patrons and added in subsequent acquisitions.
Stalin’s Sales. The masterpieces that left the Hermitage and more
Why would the proletariat need high art? The country needs technology! “The paintings in the Hermitage will not be any worse”, the leaders thought when they invited millionaire buyers from abroad. The madness of the dark time: when people disappeared without a trace, who would regret the paintings? Botticelli, Rembrandt, van Eyck, Raphael, Titian, Rubens — the young Soviet government exchanged…
El Greco from A to Z: Life, Death and Revival
El Greco was born in Crete as Domenikos Theotokopoulos. He became one of the most famous Spaniards, died more than 400 years ago on 7 April 1614. However his life and work history cannot end on this date. The trick is that the best period in the life of the artist who died four centuries ago was the last 120 years.
Giger and Gruyères: Every Alien to His Taste!
If there was a dark long basement in your house, your dad was a pharmacist and when you were a child, he gave you a toy — a human skull; if in your Catholic school, the teacher arranged a horse game (boys rode girls) and punished by sitting on his knees under the frightening image of the crucified Christ, then you are destined to draw Alien bloodsuckers all your earthly life! And if your name is…
Van Gogh's fading sunflowers
Van Gogh's Sunflowers are fading. This was confirmed by experts who have studied the version of the painting from the artist’s museum in Amsterdam. The thing is that the artist used two differing yellow pigments in the work, one of which is extremely sensitive to light and is fading to a brownish colour over time as a result. It seems that the artist himself was all too aware that the colours in his work were transient. "Paintings fade like flowers," he wrote in a letter to his brother Theo. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has already lowered its galleries’ lighting in an attempt to slow the aging process of 200 paintings and 400 drawings by the artist.