Artists whose talent is based on a good sense of humour
In this hall of humorous glory, meet the artists who have achieved serious fame, not least because they knew how to joke well. They confirm the presence of their sense of humour not only with their deeds, but also with their words. We didn’t count caricaturists, they’re in a different category.
Encyclopedia of Symbols
The shell as an art symbol: the blessed fruit of the sea...
Seashells, calmly collected on the shore to the sound of the gentle slap of the waves are the main souvenir usually brought from the sea. As we grow older, we appreciate not only the beautiful creations of Mother Nature, but also their embodiment in everyday life and art. What a beautiful fine porcelain, even if it is not Meissen ware, what marvellous subjects are in the paintings! And the…
Mona Lisa and Other Interesting Facts about the Gardens of Claude Monet
In May 2021, after quarantine, the estate of the famous impressionist in Giverny was opened to visitors.
The King of Flowers: Peonies in Oriental Painting
Luxurious peonies have been cultivated in Asia for over 4,000 years. Peonies are especially popular in China. In the Middle Kingdom, this flower has many names. They call it “the King of Flowers”, “the flower of the Emperor”. Peonies in this culture are considered a symbol of power and dignity, and their images are wishes for wealth and prosperity. So if you want to buy a painting with peonies…
Parmigianino’s Path: from a Young Talent to a Mad Alchemist
Let’s have a talk about Parmigianino, the author of a self-portrait, unique for his era.
The miracle with the da Vinci’s fresco
During the Second World War, the famous fresco "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, which was in Milan in the refectory of the Santa Maria del Grazie church, had a miraculous survival. The church was almost destroyed under bombs, three walls and the roof were blown away. And only the wall with the fresco by Leonardo stood unharmed in some incomprehensible way. The wall with the artist's fresco is the only thing left of the building.