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Russian painter Illarion Pryanishnikov

Russian painter Illarion Pryanishnikov. Portrait by V. G. Perov, 1862

Russian painter Illarion Pryanishnikov. Portrait by V. G. Perov, 1862


Illarion Pryanishnikov was a Russian artist and teacher, master of genre painting, member of the Petersburg Academy of Arts (since 1893), one of the founders of the Association of the Wanderers (Peredvizhniki).
Illarion Mikhailovich Pryanishnikov was born on March 20 (April 1), 1840 in the village of Timashovo in the Borovo district of the Kaluga province, in a merchant family. At the age of 12 he began to study at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, but a year later he left it: he had to work in a merchant’s shop. In 1856, he resumed his studies. Until 1866, Pryanishnikov studied with such masters as E. S. Sorokin, S. K. Zaryanka, A. N. Mokritsky, E. Ya. Vasiliev. It was Vasiliev who achieved the right to free education for a talented student and provided him with housing. During his studies, Pryanishnikov became friend with V.G. Perov; in 1857, when Perov worked on the picture Arrival of a New Governess, Pryanishnikov posed for him to create the image of the main character. In 1862, the young artists spent the summer in the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.
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Soviet paintings by Isaak Brodsky

Soviet paintings by Isaak Brodsky

Soviet paintings by Isaak Brodsky


Isaak Brodsky was a Soviet and Russian painter and graphic artist, teacher and organizer of art education, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1932), one of the main representatives of the realistic trend in Soviet painting of the 1930s, the author of an extensive Lenininiana.
Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky was born on December 25, 1883 (January 6, 1884) in the village of Sofievka near Berdyansk (at that time – Tavricheskaya gubernia, now – Zaporozhye region of Ukraine). The boy was born into a Jewish family. His father was a merchant and landowner, merchant of the second guild of the city of Nogaysk, Taurida Gubernia. His younger sister Raisa (1894-1946) was a musician, a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
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Ring – symbol of infinity

Ring – symbol of infinity

Ring – symbol of infinity


Probably, the ring is the most popular and mysterious decoration in the world. Both men and women wear rings. Apparently, such popularity the ring earned thanks to the mysterious past. Rings can be found in numerous fairy tales and legends of almost all the peoples of the world. In addition, history knows a lot of rings that have become real artifacts.
The ring can be traced back to great antiquity. Rings as symbols of respect and authority is mentioned in several parts of the Bible.
Rings wore as ornaments in early Egypt, in Greece, and even among less civilized peoples. In antiquity, it was the custom among people of the lower classes to break a piece of gold or silver to seal the marriage pact. This custom came before the exchange of rings.
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Amazing Japanese art

Amazing Japanese art. Kano eitoku. Eagle on a pine tree

Amazing Japanese art. Kano eitoku. Eagle on a pine tree


Japanese people created a diverse and unusual world of artistic images and forms. The art shows the story of life, way of life, beliefs and beauty of their nation.
For Japanese medieval art greater integrity of the worldview, close connection with religious and moral ideas are characteristic. The poetry of the thinking of Japanese people manifested itself in the multivalence of the content of the art objects, reflecting ideas about nature and the universe. The connections of different arts were largely conditioned by the fact that the measure of all things and the source of inspiration for medieval architects, poets, painters was nature with its natural beauty and eternal variability. The aesthetic norms of Japanese art developed under the influence of historical, social factors, as well as extremely unusual climatic and natural conditions.
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Amazing Garnet

Amazing Garnet

Amazing Garnet


Many people think that garnet is red. Despite the fact that the dark red varieties of this group of minerals are more common than others, their color range is much wider and varies from emerald green to reddish-brown and even black.
Garnet is known to man since ancient times and had many names. Theophrastus, for example, called it anthrax – coal, and Pliny the Elder named it carbunculus.
Garnets are hard and very often they are transparent. Their color depends on the elements in the chemical composition. The most valuable type of garnet is red.
Pyrope is the most valuable variety of garnet. Its name comes from the Greek feast, fire. It is also known as Bohemian garnet. The rich dark red color of this gemstone is due to the presence of magnesium in its composition.
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Russian painter Nikolai Sapunov

N. N. Sapunov by P. Kuznetsov

N. N. Sapunov by P. Kuznetsov


Russian painter, theater artist Nikolai Nikolayevich Sapunov was born in Moscow in a poor merchant family. His father, Nikolai Ivanovich Sapunov, owned a factory that manufactured candles for solemn divine services. The father died when the future artist was 12 years old. Sapunov is one of the bright and original figures in the Russian art of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, he lived a short life. In 1912, at the age of 32, he tragically died while riding a boat with the poet M. Kuzmin. His death was predicted in his early youth, and he lived and worked under the weight of this prediction, which affected his art.
He was formed as a creative person in a kind of vortex stream of innovations in Russian cultural life, when everything changed, new aesthetic principles developed, art began to realize itself as the main driving force of society. Sapunov was in the epicenter of all changes, and he was the active participant.
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Jade – symbol of China

Jade – symbol of China

Jade – symbol of China


Jade is one of the most beautiful gemstones created by nature. The color of the jade can be emerald-dark, apple-green, grassy-green, greenish, yellowish-white and yellowish-green. In ancient times it was believed that this gemstone could treat kidney disease and many other diseases.
Jade is a very hard gemstone, twice as hard as steel. Therefore, in ancient times, people made various tools and weapons from nephrite.
The art of jade carving appeared in China. A well-known mineralogist A.E. Fersman called jade “the national gemstone of China”. It valued even above gold. The participants of the competitions, who won the first place, were awarded with scepters made of jade, the second prize were scepters made of gold, and those who took the third place received scepters made of ivory.
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Andy Warhol – pioneer American pop artist

Andy Warhol - pioneer American pop artist

Andy Warhol – pioneer American pop artist


Andy Warhol was a pioneer American pop artist and film maker. His paintings delighted the art public and brought him fame. He was a commercial designer, painter, printmaker, filmmaker, and publisher.
His real name was Andrew Warhola. He was born on August 6, 1928 in Forest City, Pennsylvania. Andy was the son of a construction worker and miner from Czechoslovakia. In 1945-1949, he attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and received a bachelor of fine arts degree in pictorial design. In 1949 Warhol arrived in New York City, where he drew illustrations for advertisements. His shoe advertisement brought him the Art Directors’ Club Medal in 1957. His work appeared in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines.
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Turquoise – gemstone that brings happiness

Turquoise – gemstone that brings happiness

Turquoise – gemstone that brings happiness


Since ancient times, turquoise is considered a gemstone that brings happiness. Turquoise was so popular with different peoples that it had many different names, for example, “the favorite gemstone of the East”, “the gemstone of the Egyptian pharaohs”, “the sacred gemstone of Tibet”, “the heavenly gemstone of the American Indians”.
Persian (Iranian) turquoise has been considered the best in the world for many centuries. In the East, where turquoise has always been considered a lovers’ gemstone (after all, according to legend, it was formed from the bones of people who died of love), the most beautiful gemstones were of pure deep blue or blue colors. Less valuable turquoise had a greenish-golden hue.
According to Muslim beliefs, turquoise is an indicator of female permanence and happiness.
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Portraits by Russian painter Peter Sokolov

Portraits by Russian painter Peter Sokolov. Count N.A. Samoilov

Portraits by Russian painter Peter Sokolov. Count N.A. Samoilov


Peter Sokolov was a Russian painter, known for portraits of secular personalities of the first half of the XIX century.
Peter Fyodorovich Sokolov was born in 1791 into a wealthy Moscow family. The father, an avid gambler, lost the house and all the property. So, in 1800 his wife with her young son was forced to go to St. Petersburg. In 1800, Peter became a student at the Imperial Academy of Arts and studied there under the close guidance of Professor V. Shebuev.
In 1809 the artist received a small gold medal for the painting “Andromache mourns her fallen husband Hector”.
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