#jan van eyck
Birds have always been admired for the abilities that nature deprived people of. Neither can we fly beyond the clouds towards the sun, nor flap our wings someplace warm... Of course, the artists did not ignore the light-winged representatives of the fauna, where they play their special role: to begin with, the world egg is a universal symbol of the origin of life. Let's continue exploring…
Cat symbolism in art
Who doesn't know cats? They appear to be the best antidepressant – graceful, gentle, the embodiment of comfort – and at the same time – the repository of vices: lustful, lazy, impudent... But, nevertheless, they take their certain place in human culture, having gone a long way from a deity to an ordinary representative of the urban fauna. And although the attitude towards cats has changed from…
From time to time, one cannot help but feel perplexed at the sight of four laconic letters ‘Anon’ that should denote the authorship of a certain painting of old. A little more satisfying is the inscription ‘Master of’ — followed by some German or Flemish town or an altar of some saint. Opening a list of artists from the 13th–15th centuries, one would find the letter ‘M’ in abundance — not…
Seven deceivers: who of the Old Masters imitated reality?
Trompe-l'oeil, or an illusion is technique by which artists show "a trick" creating a three-dimensional reality on a plane. These paintings are coming out of canvas or, on the contrary, you are drawn to get into them yourselves. The familiar and trendy deception: street art, sketching ... Meanwhile, this art is not that new.
Red as a symbol in art
It is impossible to ignore this color. It is the most preferable, explicit and eloquent. It was the first to be applied in the art history not to speak of the chromatic scale. It has attracted the attention since early ages because of its nature and the nature of human beings; that is the reason why it is associated with so vital concepts as blood and fire. Absorbing all the natural senses, the…
Easter eggs in Art: top 10 paintings and frescoes with puzzles
In some countries on Easter, a magic hare leaves Easter eggs for good children. It hides them in secluded places, which are hard to find but one surely rejoices at his/her own ingenuity if succeeds. By analogy with this festive tradition, hidden hints, jokes and riddles in books, films and even in computer games and programs are now called "Easter eggs". There are dozens of artists who are ready…