From ancient times icon painting served as a "language for the illiterates" – a special language with its own rules and symbols. For centuries, icon painting masters perfected their skills trying to convey spiritual otherness by material means. That is why icon painting is still considered the most difficult and rare art, a combination of the human possibilities and the divine principle.
Dali symbols. What is behind them?
Salvador Dali said: "The fact that at the moment of painting I do not understand my own pictures does not mean that these pictures have no meaning; on the contrary, their meaning is so profound, complex, coherent, and involuntary that it escapes the most simple analysis of logical intuition. " Dali means “desire” translated from the Catalan, the native language of his mother. Each element in…
Symbolism is an art movement that has been reflected in painting, literature and music. It emerged in the 1870s-1880s in France, later spread to Belgium, Norway, and the Russian Empire. It reached the peak of popularity at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. Symbolism is characterized by sadness, introspection and understatement: as if an artist came to quiet despair, but he was too shy to talk…
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao assembled the "cream of painting" of the late 19th century
The curators of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao consider the art movements of the late 19th century at an unusual angle. An exhibition "Paris, Fin de Siècle" analyzes how political upheaval and cultural transformation of that time influenced the emergence of avant-garde painting. The leading exponents of Neo-impressionists, Symbolists and Nabis movements are represented in the show by more than…
What angels speak about: wonderful wings in art of old and modern artists
Angel-like creatures bringing delight and hope could be depicted by artists in their artworks absolutely unexpectedly . The keys to their mysterious existence are hidden in fairy tales, myths, legends, the Bible, astrology and even in the eastern philosophy. During our journey to the heavenly sphere we would like to draw you attention to the classical images of the angel-like creatures with…