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Jasper – colorful gemstone

Jasper – colorful gemstone

Jasper – colorful gemstone


Jasper is a kind of chalcedony, colored in various colors by impurities of other minerals. Jasper can be gray, red, black, yellow, green, blue, white, purple.
Although the deposits of jasper are found all over the world, the most diverse are the US deposits, where, in addition, they have the jasper of golden tones. In the past, people not only cut jewelry and decoration items, but also used this gemstone in rituals to bring good luck and drive away trouble and illness. Yellow jasper always represented prosperity, well-being, health and wealth, and its vibrant golden color symbolized the Sun.
You can decorate the room with vases and boxes made of jasper to bring peace and harmony to your house. Jasper is also used for making countertops, finishing tiles, etc. Yellow jasper creates around itself an energy field that cleans your house of negative energy.
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Bright paintings by Aristarkh Lentulov

Bright paintings by Aristarkh Lentulov. Self-portrait. 1915

Bright paintings by Aristarkh Lentulov. Self-portrait. 1915


Aristarkh Lentulov was a Russian and Soviet artist, painter, stage designer. He was one of the founders of the Russian Avant-garde. He was named “the artist of the sun”. Sunlight and sound are the two main distinguishing features of his paintings.
Aristarkh Vasilievich Lentulov was born on January 16, 1882 in Nizhny Lomovsky district of the Penza province (now Penza region), into the family of a village priest. His father died when the boy was only two years old.
In 1898-1900 and 1905 he studied at Penza Art College. In 1900-1904 Aristarkh attended Kiev Art School. He independently worked and studied in the studios of A. Le Fauconnier, J. Metzinger, at the private academy de la Palette (English) (Paris, 1911). Then he worked in Italy.
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Rural life by Arkadiy Plastov

Rural life by Arkadiy Plastov

Rural life by Arkadiy Plastov


Arkadiy Alexandrovich Plastov was a Soviet painter, academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1947), people’s Artist of the USSR (1962), the winner of the Lenin Prize (1966) and the Stalin Prize of the first degree (1946).
Arkadiy Plastov was born on January 19 (31), 1893 in the village of Prislonikha (now Karsunsky district, Ulyanovsk region) into the family of icon painters.
Three years after studying in a rural school, Plastov entered the Simbirsk Divinity School. After school he studied at the Simbirsk Theological Seminary, and then decided to get an art education and went to Moscow. For some time he worked in the studio of I.I. Mashkov, and then entered the Imperial Stroganov Central Art and Industrial School, where one of his teachers was F.F. Fedorovsky.
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Young and beautiful aragonite

Young and beautiful aragonite

Young and beautiful aragonite


Aragonite is a natural calcium carbonate, evolving in the form of thin and elongated crystals. This mineral is white or colorless, and in the ultraviolet light emits blue, pink or yellow fluorescence. It’s named after the place where the largest deposits are located and the most typical samples of this mineral are mined – Molina de Aragón (Guadalajara Province, Spain). Aragonite is enclosed in grottoes and mines, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. The largest deposits of aragonite are found in Romania, in the Austrian Alps, in Greece and Japan.
People make beads for necklaces and earrings, and also cut small decorative figures. Aragonite is a wonderful collection material, so-called “iron flowers” are highly valued.
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Ilya Repin – great Russian painter

Ilya Repin – great Russian painter

Ilya Repin – great Russian painter


Ilya Repin was the greatest Russian painter of the nineteenth century. He painted religious allegories, scenes of searing realism, and portraits of the Russian intelligentsia.
Ilya Efimovich Repin was born on August 5, 1844 in the village of Chuguiev, Ukraine. His father was a military settler and retired from the army only in the early 1850s. The mother taught Repin, his older sister, his younger brothers, and some neighborhood children.
In 1855 Repin entered the School of Military Topography in Chuguiev, where he learned drafting and coloring. Two years later he studied with a local icon painter, Ivan Bunakov. Then Repin accepted commissions from various provincial churches to paint icons and other decorative work. He also painted portraits of his relatives.
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Wonderful landscapes by Arkhip Kuindzhi

Vasnetsov. Portrait of Arkhip Kuindzhi

Vasnetsov. Portrait of Arkhip Kuindzhi


Creativity by Arkhip Kuindzhi occupies a special place in Russian landscape painting. Artist of a bright and original talent, Kuindzhi knew how to find exceptional, fantastically beautiful conditions in nature.
According to some researchers, Kuindzhi was born in 1840, and according to others in 1842, into the family of a poor Mariupol cobbler of Greek origin. The boy orphaned very early and at the age of eleven he had to earn his living. A Greek teacher taught him to write and read, and then the boy studied at the city school. He was fond of painting since childhood, he drew everywhere – on the walls of houses, fences, scraps of paper.
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Byzantine art and architecture

Byzantine art and architecture

Byzantine art and architecture


The Byzantine Empire is known for its art and architecture. In AD 395 the Roman Empire split into two parts. The eastern part became known as the Byzantine Empire and lived on until 1453. Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) was the capital of the Byzantine Empire, which extended from the Middle East to southern Spain.
The people made colorful mosaics out of broken bits of stone. They built buildings with large domes. The Byzantines also created a new branch of Christianity – Eastern Orthodoxy.
One of the greatest emperors was Justinian I. He ruled from 527 to 565 and expanded the empire and built many monuments.
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Paintings by Aleksandr Deyneka

Aleksandr Deyneka

Aleksandr Deyneka


Aleksandr Deyneka was a Soviet painter, monumentalist and graphic artist, teacher, professor. He was an academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1947), People’s Artist of the USSR (1963), Hero of Socialist Labor (1969), the winner of the Lenin Prize (1964), member of the CPSU since 1960.
Alexander Alexandrovich Deyneka was born on May 8, 1899 in Kursk into the family of a railway worker. He received his primary education at the Kharkov Art College (1915-1917). The artist’s youth, like many of his contemporaries, was associated with revolutionary events.
In 1918 he worked as a photographer, headed the art section, decorated agitation trains, theatrical performances, participated in the defense of Kursk.
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Diamond – lord among gemstones

Diamond - lord among gemstones

Diamond – lord among gemstones


Diamond is the lord among gemstones, the most popular, the most precious gemstone in the world. Clean, transparent, with inimitable brilliance, it emphasizes the beauty of any jewelry. It is believed that the diamond gives its owner the courage, brings good luck, and loses its shine when contacts with the hands of the traitor. Shining, attracting, they excite people for centuries. There are stories of bribery, deception, and murders associated with them. Diamonds are surrounded by mysteries. But, no matter what, people still want to own them.
Since ancient times man has appreciated hard materials. The gemstones seemed to him the embodiment of eternity, people believed that they can protect and give strength.
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Wonderful paintings by El Greco

Portrait of an elderly man. Presumably the self-portrait of El Greco, 1600

Portrait of an elderly man. Presumably the self-portrait of El Greco, 1600


El Greco was a Greek painter who settled in Spain. He evolved a highly personal style with mannerist traits. He was a great religious painter and a master portraitist. El Greco is regarded as one of the greatest painters of all time. His paintings are known for their brilliant colors and strong contrasts of light and shadow.
His real name was Domenikos Theotokopoulos. According to his own statement, he was born in 1541 in Candia, Crete. He went to the great artistic center of Venice. The date of his arrival in Italy is unknown, but it may have been as early as 1560. During his stay in Italy he became known as II Greco and later he was called El Greco. He was said to be a pupil of Titian.
El Greco left Italy for Spain in the late 1570s. He settled in Toledo, Spain, which was then a religious and cultural center.
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