Iconography: to see the invisible
From ancient times, icon painting served as a “language for the illiterate” —a special language with its own rules and symbolism. For centuries, master-icon painters have brought it to perfection,…

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“RUKOGRAFIKA”: THE PHILOSOPHICAL PROJECT OF STANISLAVA ARISTOV
The new project of photographer Stanislav Aristov is dedicated to hand language. What is it - the author ponders: an image folded by hand? Drawings on the wall of eternity,…

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Classicism: antiquity as a standard
Classicism firmly established in the 17th century European art, having surrendered its position only in the first third of the next century. The classicists worshiped antiquity, piously believed in the…

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Who, where, when: guide to the thin ice of stained glass
Which of the great artists engaged in stained glass art? Where, looking out the window, you can see the picture, through which the light penetrates? Gaudi, Fly, Chagall, Tiffany and…

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PORTRAITS as a mirror of the soul

Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait – in French reading – portrait, from the old French portraire – “to reproduce something the line in line”. Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word “parsuna” – from the Latin. persona – “personality; individual”.
The origin of the term “portrait”
The Frenchman Andre Felibien (1619 – 1695), the official court historian of King Louis XIV, was the first to suggest that the word “portrait” be the images of exclusively “human beings”, thereby separating man from the animal and plant worlds.
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Transmuseum by Igor Gusev in OXM

In October 2018, the Odessa Art Museum opened the Transmuseum experimental project of the artist Igor Gusev, which became an artistic intervention in the museum exhibition of classical art. Getting into the halls of classical art and being among the paintings of the XIX century, the viewer discovers a visual paraphrase of these images and joins the object search game. The concentration of Gusev’s works in the museum is small – 10 works in 13 rooms, which allows the “invasion” to remain delicate and unobtrusive.
In addition to painting, the artist presented the installation, which is located in the central “dance” hall of the museum palace and is a generalized image of the exhibition. Continue reading

THE MOST EXPENSIVE PHOTOS IN THE WORLD COST MORE THAN $ 1 000 000
The cost of some photos is comparable to the cost of the most famous works of great artists of the Renaissance. How valuable are these photographs? What distinguishes them from…

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NEW - GOOD FORGOTTEN OLD
Retro-style photography never goes out of style. Proof of this are the works of the famous Russian art-photographer Vladimir Klaviho-Telepnev. Photo assembly - a fresh interpretation of half-forgotten truths, a…

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