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Vladimir Makovsky – famous artist

Vladimir Makovsky – famous artist

Vladimir Makovsky – famous artist


Vladimir Makovsky (1846-1920) is one of the most famous Russian artists of the second half of the XIX century. He was an active participant of the famous Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions. His work was highly valued by Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Peter Tchaikovsky, Ivan Kramskoy. Vladimir Stasov called Makovsky a true national painter and claimed that he occupied a particularly significant place as an artist of the main, universal stream of people’s life.
His father Yegor Ivanovich was friends with the famous Moscow portrait painter Vasily Tropinin and famous Karl Brullov. Also he was a collector of paintings of Russian artists and ancient European engravings and drawings. By the way, he took an active part in the organization of the first art class in Moscow, from which the famous Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture began. And it is not surprising that his sons Vladimir and Konstantin became artists, whose work was widely recognized by contemporaries.
In 1866 Makovsky graduated from the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture and in 1869 the Academic Council awarded him the title of a class artist.
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Banksy – sly prankster

Banksy - sly prankster

Banksy – sly prankster


Early in the morning a dreary postman, carrying a fresh issue of The Sun, discovered two kissing cops in the lane. They were drawn, of course, but so touching. Literally within a few hours all the London newspapers’ workers came to the god-forgotten district. And the following day the same postman carried The Sun with an editorial: The London police are offended by the new trick of the famous artist Banksy.
The work, most likely, would be destroyed by the officials. However, Banksy’s works often die simply because of bad weather, due to municipal repair or from the hands of vandals who either hate Banksy or are just too stupid to understand the meaning of his graffiti. But until the moment when the new creation disappears, it will be replicated 100 times and fulfill its task: it will convey the opinion of the artist to a million of his fans.
This happens every time when the mysterious man wants to speak out. Popular editions – from Vogue to Esquire – have hunted for Banksy for several years, but the cunning prankster has never been caught. He prefers to talk to the world through drawings. Moreover, his creativity is against the law. Nevertheless, with the help of drawings Banksy says a lot. And the drawing is even better than the interview.
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Charming voice of violin

Charming voice of violin

Charming voice of violin


The violin is one of the most refined musical instruments, with a charming timbre very much like a human voice. At the same time, it is very expressive and virtuosic. It is no coincidence that the role of the queen of the orchestra is given to the violin.
The magnificent variety of the sound of the violin surprises listeners for more than 5 centuries in a row, penetrating into the soul and the most secret corners of consciousness. It can improve your mood, instill optimism or make you suffer. It’s not for nothing that the violin was called the instrument of angels or the devil.
The sound of the violin is similar to the human voice, so the verbs sings and cries are often used. It can cause tears of joy and sadness. There is a belief that the sounds of a violin stop time and take listeners to another dimension.
Juicy, penetrating, graceful and assertive at the same time, the sound of a violin is the basis of any work where at least one of this instrument is used.
The timbre of the sound is determined by the quality of the instrument, the skill of the performer and the choice of strings.
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Beauty of opals

Beauty of opals

Beauty of opals


The name of this stone comes from the Latin upalus, which, in turn, is derived from the Sanskrit word upala – “precious stone”. This indicates that opal first came to Europe from India. In ancient Rome the word pronounced opalus, which means a stone consisting of parts, most accurately guessing the nature of opal. Opals are really very beautiful gemstones. Pliny described them as frozen drops of rain.
Opal is an amorphous variety of quartz, formed by homogeneous microscopic silica grains, which can be seen only with the help of an electron microscope. The final color of the stone is determined by the distribution of these grains and the amount of water between them (the content of the water varies from 3 to 21%). You know, opal is able to absorb the liquid of any consistency and color, so its tone varies depending on the color of the liquid. The main opal deposits are in Australia and in Mexico. Beautiful samples of milk opal are found in China.
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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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