The nude is the genre focused on the aesthetic aspect of the naked human body. The term traces its origin to the Latin nudus (“naked, bare”) and is cognate with the French nudité (“nudity”).
Loyalty, status, and worldview: The dog as an artistic symbol
Why dogs have been a very important and noticeable part of our visual history for so long a time.
Definitely happy: artists who lived in clover. Part 1
Contemporary artists have successfully dealt away with a stereotypical image of a crazy vagabond in a beret and vest who's wearing a beard and long hair. A lot of them look stylish and wear Versace. Damien Hirst puts massive rings on all of his fingers at once, Gerhard Richter is conventionally imposing, Jeff Koons gets photographed wearing a white suit and a tie. However, there are still myths…
Titian and Venice: all you need to know about the city on water to better understand Titian
Art critics like to argue: Florence preferred the lines, but Venice – exclusively color. Therefore, they say, only Venice was able to create the best colorist in the world, Titian. Still, our stories are not about that. We will tell you about Venice from other perspectives: its’ politics and prostitutes, taxis and newspapers, food and epidemics, as well as how it all defined the biography of…
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…
The fountain as a symbol in art
Fountains are always attractive. Such hydraulic units were of special importance for ancient people, Asian and Mediterranean civilizations. Both the rich and the poor needed water and looked for it. Painters did not neglect the decorated source of water and it took its own place among the graphic codes. Let's try to decypher this secret symbol of the past and its transformations. So, meet a…