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Wonderful Seascapes by Ivan Aivazovsky

Wonderful Seascapes by Ivan Aivazovsky. The Ninth Wave

Wonderful Seascapes by Ivan Aivazovsky. The Ninth Wave


The creative work of Ivan Aivazovsky is a remarkable phenomenon. He was a romantic who sharply felt the beauty of the sea, and was able to convey it in bright pictorial images. He had painted about 6000 pictures. He is the most outstanding artist of Armenian origin of the XIX century. His brother Gabriel Aivazovsky was an Armenian historian and archbishop of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (his real name was Hovhannes Ayvazyan) was born on July 17 (29), 1817 in Feodosia. Since childhood he had artistic and musical abilities; in particular, he independently learned to draw and play the violin. Theodosius architect Yakov Khristianovich Koch, who first drew attention to the artistic abilities of the boy, gave him the first lessons.
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Mysterious paintings by Hieronymus Bosch

Mysterious paintings by Hieronymus Bosch

Mysterious paintings by Hieronymus Bosch


Hieronymus Bosch was a Dutch artist. In his paintings he created a highly original world with a moral message. His works are often based on Christian writings. Bosch used his works to present his views on human sin and its consequences.
Hieronymus Bosch (his real name was Jeroen Anthoniszoon) was born in 1450 in Hertogenbosch, where he spent most of his life. Both his grandfather and father were painters.
Sometime before 1481 he married Aleyt Goyaerts van den Meervenne.
In 1504 Philip the Handsome, Archduke of Austria, commissioned him to paint a Last Judgment, which has not survived.
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Peasants by Russian artist Abram Arkhipov

Peasants by Russian artist Abram Arkhipov

Peasants by Russian artist Abram Arkhipov


Abram Arkhipov was a Russian painter, peredvizhnik. He entered the history of Russian art of the late XIX-early XX century as an artist of subtle and poetic talent, who dedicated his work to the Russian countryside, the peasant theme.
Abram Yefimovich Arkhipov was born on August 27, 1862 in one of the villages of the Ryazan province into a poor peasant family. Since childhood he was fond of drawing. Parents encouraged the son in every possible way and in 1876 they sent him to study in Moscow.
From 1877 to 1883 and from 1886 to 1888 he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under the leadership of V.G. Perov, V.D. Polenov, I.M. Pryanishnikov, A.K. Savrasov and V.E. Makovsky. In addition, from 1884 to 1886 he studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts.
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Wonderful paintings by Amir Mazitov

Wonderful paintings by Amir Mazitov. My dream

Wonderful paintings by Amir Mazitov. My dream


Amir Mazitov is one of the famous artists not only in the Republic of Bashkortostan, but also in Russia. There were numerous exhibitions in Bashkortostan, the Russian Federation and abroad. Looking at his pictures you can see high professionalism, modernity, deep understanding of painting, the individuality of the artist.
Mazitov shows the rich spiritual heritage of the Bashkir people, unshakable power, inner strength of folklore and heroic images. Depicting eternal universal values, he builds harmonious “bridges” between ancient cultures and today’s understanding of the language, styles and trends of contemporary visual arts.
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Khokhloma – folk craft miracle

Khokhloma – folk craft miracle

Khokhloma – folk craft miracle


Khokhloma is the pride of the Russian people! Khokhloma painting is an ancient original Russian craft, it is a decorative painting of wooden utensils, furniture. The name Khokhloma was taken from the large trading village where the wooden ware was first sold. Originally it appeared in the province of Kostroma, on the Volga, and later the centre moved farther south to Nizhny Novgorod. Residents of villages were engaged in painting wooden utensils from time immemorial. The roots of the Khokhloma art are in iconography. Icons were covered with a layer of silver, pulverized in powder, then impregnated with linseed oil and put in the oven. After this the icon had a golden color. Subsequently, cheaper tin appeared, and this way spread to utensils.
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Great Highland Bagpipe

Great Highland Bagpipe

Great Highland Bagpipe


Great Highland Bagpipe is the most famous and popular bagpipe in the world. The word “bagpipe” is strongly associated with the image of a Scotsman and many people believe that the bagpipe is a Scottish invention. In fact, bagpipes, as well as many other musical instruments, came to Europe from the East. According to one of the existing versions, the bagpipe appeared in Scotland thanks to the Vikings. It was brought there by the Normans. Another version says that the bagpipes were brought to the territory of Scotland by the ancient Romans.
Bagpipes were known even in antiquity. The first instrument, identified as a bagpipe, dates back to 3000 BC. It was found during excavations of the ancient city of Ur in the territory of the kingdom of Sumer. The Roman emperor Nero played various musical instruments, including bagpipe. Different types of bagpipes were widely distributed on the lands of ancient Slavic states.
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Tourmaline – colorful gemstone

Tourmaline – colorful gemstone

Tourmaline – colorful gemstone


The family of tourmalines is very numerous and unites a number of minerals with similar characteristics and a diverse range of colors: from black, blue and red to green and colorless. Some varieties of tourmaline are polychrome, i.e. painted in several colors at once. The most interesting and beautiful varieties of tourmaline are considered to be black tourmaline, indigolite, rubellite and verdelite (green tourmaline).
Black tourmaline contains sodium, iron and aluminum. This mineral has a high hardness and is capable of changing color depending on the angle of incidence of light. For a long time, it was used to make funeral jewelry. It gained special popularity in England in the Victorian epoch.
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Alexei Harlamoff – master of portrait

Alexei Harlamoff – master of portrait

Alexei Harlamoff – master of portrait


Alexei Harlamoff was a Russian artist, the master of the portrait.
Alexei Alekseevich Harlamoff (or Kharlamov) was born on October 18, 1840 in village Dyachevka, Saratov Province. He was born into a large family of a serf peasant. He was the seventh child. Soon after his birth, the owners decided to sell his parents to another landowner, and the children were left with them. Little Alyosha was lucky, because of his infancy he could not be separated from his mother and therefore the boy was sold along with his parents. In 1850, Alexei’s parents were given freedom. Soon the family moved to St. Petersburg. The volunteer of the Academy of Arts V. Ya. Afanasyev taught 12-year-old Alexei. The boy worked hard and in 1854 entered the Imperial Academy of Arts, where he became a student of Professor A. Markov, a representative of late classicism.
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Forest King – Ivan Shishkin

Forest King - Ivan Shishkin

Forest King – Ivan Shishkin


Ivan Shishkin was a Russian artist. He was called the poet and magician of the forest, the forest hero, the king of the Russian forest, the old woodsman, etc. Shishkin was about 40 years old, when both his colleagues and spectators recognized him as the master of Russian landscape painting. But there were years of hard work to achieve success.
“Shishkin is a folk artist. All his life he studied Russian, mostly the northern forest, the Russian tree, the Russian thicket, the Russian wilderness. This is his kingdom, and here he has no rivals, he is the only one.” V.V. Stasov
Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin was born on January 13 (25), 1832 in Yelabuga, a small provincial town on the bank of the Kama River. Here, the future painter spent his childhood and adolescence.
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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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