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Aquamarine – amazing gemstone

Aquamarine – amazing gemstone

Aquamarine – amazing gemstone


Aquamarine is a crystalline variety of beryl. The name of the stone in Latin means “sea water” because its sky-blue or bluish-green color. Aquamarine can be either completely transparent or contain numerous inclusions. Qualitative jewelry stones are found, first of all, in Brazil and the Urals. In addition, aquamarine is in El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Australia, the USA and Madagascar. This gemstone is used to make earrings, rings, pendants and other jewelry.
Aquamarine brings harmony and reconciliation, contributes to the resolution of conflict situations, promotes communication and empathy. It inspires confidence, calmness and determination, which will help to find a way out of the “hopeless” situations.
To tell the truth, this gemstone has not only calming, but also protective effect. It is believed that aquamarine can tame the raging sea. Not surprisingly, it has been a talisman of sailors and travelers for centuries. Sailors in ancient Rome and Greece believed that the gemstone is the gift of Poseidon.
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Interesting painter Konstantin Istomin

Interesting painter Konstantin Istomin

Interesting painter Konstantin Istomin


Konstantin Istomin was a Soviet artist and teacher, a member of the Makovets and Four Arts societies. The best works of the artist are in the Tretyakov Gallery and the Russian Museum.
Konstantin Nikolaevich Istomin was born on December 26, 1886 (January 7, 1887) in Kursk into the family of an army officer. In 1901 his father was transferred to serve in Vladivostok and Konstantin went with him. In addition to his studies at the gymnasium, the boy began attending a school of arts in Vladivostok. After the outbreak of the war with Japan in 1904 the family moved to Kharkov, where the boy finally managed to finish the gymnasium. 18-year-old Konstantin Nikolaevich took part in the revolutionary events of 1905 that’s why he was arrested and imprisoned. After release from prison in the summer of 1906 the artist went to Germany. In Munich Konstantin studied at the Hungarian painter Simon Hollósy’s school of painting.
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Dmitry Levitsky – master of ceremonial portrait

Dmitry Levitsky - master of ceremonial portrait

Dmitry Levitsky – master of ceremonial portrait


Dmitry Levitsky was a Russian artist of Ukrainian origin, master of ceremonial portrait, academician of the Imperial Academy of Arts.
Dmitry Grigorievich Levitsky was born in 1735, Kiev, Russian Empire. His father was a priest and known engraver. The boy studied fine arts with his father and with the painter A.P. Antropov. Together with his father Dmitry participated in the painting of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Kiev (mid-1750s). In 1758, Levitsky moved to St. Petersburg where he studied at the Academy of Arts. After his paintings were exhibited in the Academy of Arts in 1770 Levitsky became famous. In the same year, for a portrait of A.F. Kokorinov, the thirty-five-year-old Levitsky received the title of academician. From 1771 to 1788 he taught at the Academy of Fine Arts and was the head of the portrait class.
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Romantic portraits by Vasily Tropinin

Romantic portraits by Vasily Tropinin. A girl with a dog

Romantic portraits by Vasily Tropinin. A girl with a dog


Vasily Tropinin was a Russian painter, master of romantic and realistic portraits.
Vasily Andreevich Tropinin was born on March 19 (30), 1776 in Karpovo, Novgorod Province, into the serf family. Since childhood the boy painted people.
In 1798, Vasily was sent to the pastry shop in St. Petersburg as a student. Confectionery business also required the ability to depict the figures of people and animals. Later he entered the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, where S. Shchukin was his teacher. Vasily won the first place in the Academy competitions twice and according to the tradition that was established at the Academy he was to get freedom. Instead he was recalled to the new estate of Count Morkov in Ukraine in 1804. There he became servant, shepherd, architect and artist of the count. The artist married a free villager and the husband and wife were supposed to have equal status, but instead of granting freedom to Tropinin, the Count made his wife a serf woman, so their children were supposed to become eternal serfs of Morkov and his heirs.
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Soviet painter Alexander Bubnov

Soviet painter Alexander Bubnov

Soviet painter Alexander Bubnov


Alexander Bubnov was a Soviet painter, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1954), winner of the Stalin Prize of the second degree (1948). Bubnov created his paintings in a difficult time for creative people.
Alexander Pavlovich Bubnov was born on February 20 (March 4), 1908 in Tiflis (now Tbilisi, Georgia). In 1919, he studied at the art school in Atkarsk, Saratov province. After the school was closed because of the Civil War, he continued to draw privately with the school teacher N.Ya. Fedorov. But he still managed to enter the best at that time Moscow Art University.
In 1930, 22-year-old future artist went to build the famous Kuznetskostroy, where he worked as a junior architect. After returning to Moscow two years later, he continued to paint. From that time, he began to work very hard.
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Alexandrite – amazing Chrysoberyl

Alexandrite – amazing Chrysoberyl

Alexandrite – amazing Chrysoberyl


Alexandrite is one of the most highly valued gems. Its transparent crystals have an amazing property to change their color. In the daylight they look like emeralds, and in the evening, with candles or an electric lamp, they become crimson-red. Alexandrite is a very rare species of not too common mineral chrysoberyl. Its chemical formula is BeAl₂O₄. Like many other minerals, chrysoberyl has a variety of colors and the most common color is yellowish green. This color is provided by impurities of iron. A changeable gemstone alexandrite is a chrysoberyl with chromium in its composition. Truly, chromium is an element of magic. It gives a bright green color to beryllium and turns it into an emerald. The presence of chromium in corundum makes it a red ruby.
For a very long time alexandrite was hidden in the depths of the earth. Neither in ancient, nor in medieval mineralogical treatises gemstone with such properties was mentioned. A new mineral was discovered on April 17, 1834 by Finnish scientist Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld.
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Amateur artist Alexander Mordvinov

Amateur artist Alexander Mordvinov

Amateur artist Alexander Mordvinov


Alexander Mordvinov was a Russian amateur artist, student of M.N. Vorobyov. He was the collegiate councilor, the owner of the seaside manor Mordvinovo.
Count Alexander Nikolaevich Mordvinov was born on February 24, 1799 in Nikolayev into a noble family, known since 1546. Alexander was the youngest son of Admiral Nikolai Semenovich Mordvinov and Englishwoman Henrietta Alexandrovna Kobley. In 1834, together with his father, Alexander was elevated to the dignity of count.
Mordvinov is known as an amateur artist, painter and watercolorist, master of perspective. He painted seascapes, seaside towns, plaster and marble bas-reliefs. During a trip to Italy (1832-1833), when Mordvinov accompanied his sick wife, he made sketches from nature, on the basis of which, upon his return to St. Petersburg, he painted pictures.
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