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.
Diagnoses Game. What Do Doctors See in the Paintings of Great Artists
Michelangelo had arthritis, Leonardo had squint, El Greco had astigmatism. Perhaps.
How Van Gogh paid for the care of his mentally ill sister after his death
Vincent’s paintings didn’t bring him much money, but provided his sister with the treatment she needed.
Vermeer's lost Studio
When Jan Vermeer died, he left behind enormous debts. His widow, Catharina Bolnes, had to transfer ownership of her late husband's masterpiece Painter in his Studio (The Allegory of Painting) to her mother, Maria Thins, to keep it out of creditors' hands. However, a year later it was sold at auction and disappeared for more than 130 years. In 1813, the piece became part of Count Czernin's collection. He bought the painting for an extremely low price, having no idea that it was created by the great master from Delft. The aristocrat thought it was a painting by Pieter de Hooch, whose works cost much more at that time. It was only in the autumn of 1860 that the director of the Berlin museum, Gustav Waagen, recognized The Allegory of Painting as an authentic Vermeer.