Frescoes in the slough
World painting boasts an impressive history of fakes. Such things have happened at all times and in all countries. And one of the funniest hoaxes happened half a century ago…

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The art of hand weaving is one of the oldest forms of decorative art. Each country and era made its changes in technology, interpretation of images and applied value of…

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Linocut got its name from linoleum material. Linoleum as a material for engraving originated in Europe, and at the beginning of the first decade of the 20th century in Russia.…

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How to buy a genuine picture

Authentication methods when buying paintings, graphics and other works of modern art.

When you are going to buy an expensive enough painting to invest money, as a gift, or just to decorate the interior, the question inevitably arises: how to verify the authenticity of the painting.
The question is not very simple, since there is no single universal way of proving the authenticity of a picture. In each case, you have to be creative in your examination. When buying a painting, it is better to adhere to a few residually simple rules.

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How to buy a painting as a gift

If you are reading this article and are considering whether to choose a painting for a gift, then you have already made the right choice. If you approach the purchase with the soul, you will not only make a very valuable gift that will be associated with you, but also emphasize the sophistication of your taste, reverent and attentive attitude to the person presented.
A picture is at the same time a design element, an investment, and a friend, interlocutor, and opponent.
Painting is a beautiful design element
A picture like no other element can decorate the interior, becoming a kind of dominant living room or hall. You give not only a beautiful, but also a valuable thing, in which the artist has put his soul, his vision of the world, which he creatively rethought. The picture shows the sophistication of the taste of its owner, gives a special Continue reading


temperature and humidity conditions: 18-22 ° С at 40-70% humidity
maximum illumination 150 lux
lamps with a power of more than 100 candles (100W incandescent lamp or 20W fluorescent lamp) should be placed no closer than one meter from the object (200 candles – about 2 meters, etc.)
direct sunlight inadmissible
air mobility (drafts) and sudden changes in temperature and humidity are unacceptable
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The Antwerp School is an art school that has existed for several centuries in the city of Antwerp, now Belgium.
Representatives of the Antwerp school: Joachim Patinir, Joos van Kleve, Herry met de Bles, Peter Cook van Alst, Peter Artsen, Peter Brueghel Sr., Cornelis Floris de Wrindt, Gillis van Koningsloe, Cornelis van Dahl, Jan Bruegel Sr., Jan Brueghel Jr., Bartolomeus Spranger, Tobias Verhacht, Abel Scott, Anthony More, Adrian Kay, Frans Floris, Jan van Hemessen, Jan Masseys, Quentin Masseys Jr., Adam van Noort, Joos de Momper, France Purbus Sr., France Purbo Otus Van Jr. Veen, Martin de Vos, Sebastian Wranks.

Antwerp School of Painting
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The history of the English landscape is a large and complex topic. And a special place in it is occupied by a talented artist – William Turner, whose deeply emotional art is much ahead of his time. Northumberland Coast William Turner
William Turner was born at the end of April 1775 in London. Already in childhood, the boy showed great drawing abilities. “The artist’s father proudly hung up his drawings in his barber shop and sold them for 2-3 shillings. These were first copies from then fashionable topographic views of picturesque places, castles, ruins, architectural monuments of London. The father regarded his son’s drawing lessons not as an empty entertainment, but as a fairly reliable source of extra money. ” At the end of the 18th century, topographical sketches were very popular in England, then translated into engravings, illustrating all kinds of guides and descriptions. On the recommendation of some artists who noticed the talented drawings of the boy, he was admitted to the Royal Academy in December 1789.
At the academy, he attended the last lectures of Reynolds, who had a significant influence on Turner. The young artist carefully studied the masters of the past and contemporary artists. Copying other people’s works, he creatively Continue reading

The first market for fine arts was captured by commissioner pioneer former navy officer James Christie Sr.. Having arranged the first sale in 1766 in London, he soon already owned…


Imprimature - color tinting (tinting) of the soil or the first layer of the canvas.
Imprimatur is a simple and effective way to create color harmony in a painting. In thin-layer writing, the color of the soil, shining through the layers of paints, combines them…


SIMONETTA VESDUCHI (SIMONETTA DEI CATTANEY) Beloved Sandro Botticelli The wife of Marco Vespucci, whose brother, Amerigo, gave his name to America, discovered by Christopher Columbus. The great artist Sandro Botticelli…


The history of enamel art, as well as jewelry, has more than three thousand years of history. When and where was the first enameling, i.e. colored glass in the molten…