Van Gogh has always occupied the theme of life. Its ephemerality, its fragility and at the same time its strength. An unhappy person, hardworking, stubborn and refusing to give up hope even in the most hopeless situations, he wrote many times and despair, and a dream, and an indomitable will to live, sometimes embodying it even in the most unobvious things like sunflowers.
In 1625, Rubens created a pencil portrait of a cameraman. He did not like this type of women. Usually in his paintings you can see ladies, striking the splendor of the bodies. The artist portrayed almost a girl. She is very young. This is a real flower that is very fragile. In all features, the child's angularity is felt. After the drawing has been completed, the artist decides to create a whole picture.
We see an artistic interpretation of the myth. Jupiter longed for his son to be immortal. The child gave birth to him an ordinary woman. In order for the baby to live forever, it was necessary to press him to the magnificent breast of the goddess Juno herself. Her miraculous milk was to give immortality. Juno was taken by surprise and involuntarily staggered back.
There is an episode in the Bible that seems rather cruel. After the Jews came out of the Egyptian land, they set off for forty years wandering in the desert in search of the promised land. After some time, people began to murmur - the lack of water, food, deprivation of the way made them doubt that slavery in Egypt was so bad .
Michelangelo began his journey with the creation of talented sculptures. Before us is his first work, which he skillfully carved from marble at the age of 16 years. Already from it you can understand that this is the creation of a true master. The sculptor brings his own to this art form. Amazing incredible plasticity of images.
Apocalypse is a world-famous cycle of wood engravings by Albrecht Durer on a religious theme. The series, performed by a German artist in a three-year period from 1496, consists of 15 works depicting the biblical Revelation of the Last Judgment. Engravings were published twice. And the most famous is the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Rubens - Flemish painter, master of baroque - his paintings represent almost the essence of this style. He is cheerful, bright, with a lot of details, they honor and glorify life, representing almost a slap in the face of death. He preferred religious and mythological subjects, especially revealing the myths of ancient Greece.
Bosch's Last Judgment is one of his most impressive works, as well as one of his most impressive works on this subject in general. It was commissioned by the governor of the Netherlands and is the largest surviving work of the Artist. The plot of the triptych is intuitive to anyone who is familiar with Christian traditions at least to some extent.
The canvas created in 1634 Rembrandt never expresses direct protest. But, the ideal of man created by him is completely contrary to the reality of that time. In his paintings, real passions shine through. Theatrical drama is miraculously replaced by the events that actually occur in life.
The fly was one of the most famous modernists - that is, of those who believed that art should be indivisible and proportionate. Widely applying its applied areas - embroidery, bead weaving, painting on fabric - the modernists sought to create the most complete and lively image perceived by them reality.
"Stoker" Yaroshenko became one of the first paintings that tell about the difficult fate of the Russian people. She, along with others devoted to the same topic, created the image of the proletariat, a worker who does not enjoy work, who works like cattle in bestial conditions, and whom no one ever recalls when he thinks of a hot bath or that it’s time to bathe the baby.
Tintoretto - a native of Venice, a representative of the school of the late Renaissance, which, however, is very conditional - his work is characterized by a certain style created by him over the years of work. He is characterized by a masterful work with light, small details, fine elaboration of faces. Unusually talented, Tintoretto worked very quickly, especially if he did something to order, which sometimes made his paintings careless.
One of the Hermitage’s best paintings, Van Dyck’s self-portrait, shows us an artist in a creative, uninhibited person who makes a living impression of embodied art, a little rebellious, out of a series of everyday images, and it is through this especially attractive. The aristocratic appearance is emphasized by the masterful play of light making pale skin with the dignity inherent in the embodiment of a thin nature, sensitive and therefore sensual, emotionally elevated and therefore deep.
Roerich is a singer of the mountains. Believing that man should live in them, he immortalized them in paintings with enviable stubbornness and skill, as if giving them a new life on paper. Shambhala, the city of great truth, is hidden in the mountains. Diluted air is useful for understanding oneself, thin mountain peaks and their beauty cleanse the soul, and life among real nature, not tamed by technology, strengthens the body.
In 1908, the French fauvist Henri Matisse painted the next painting by order of Sergei Schukin. Fauvism as a new art movement did not exist for long, but managed to prove itself quite vividly in the paintings of painters. This style of image performance mixed in itself several components and gave rise to rich avant-garde paintings.
The whole picture is imbued with optimism and joy. Before us is a glass with tea and two eggs, a modest bouquet of flowers and a teapot. The canvas is expressive and internally dramatic. It seems that everything happens on the terrace on one very sunny morning. Before us is a table made of light brown wood, which the artist depicted obliquely.
Ingres is a French artist who claimed that since the time of Raphael, art has gone in the wrong direction, which means that his mission is to continue from the level that classicism has reached. This position caused some questions from his colleagues, and indeed from society - the paintings of Ingres sometimes seemed too frank, sometimes very typologically dissimilar to each other.
The French artist Claude Monet was very fond of writing a pond with water lilies, located in his own garden in the town of Giverny. He painted this pond at different times, from different angles and in any light. Sometimes he had to work in parallel on several images of his pond, as the sun was moving, everything was changing, and the work begun earlier had to be left for the next.
Matisse depicted a boat under sail and the reflection that can be seen in the water. At first, no one could understand what was depicted here. It came to a curious case. The painter's work was exhibited at the Museum of New York. Placed her upside down. More than a month passed, and only then the error was eliminated. If one of the visitors did not pay attention to this oversight, then, most likely, the picture would have remained in the wrong position.
Description of the painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio "John the Baptist" (A young man with a ram)
Caravaggio is an Italian Renaissance artist, one of the greatest baroque masters. Like most lovers of this style, he preferred an abundance of details to asceticism, and the brightness and richness of the colors were pale. Of all those, he loved mythical and religious motives the most. His “John the Baptist” is a painting that is also called “The Young Man with the Aries,” because the familiar image of the prophet is interpreted unusually in it.
“The Bride of Christ” is the first of Nesterov’s paintings, which he considered to be the work that opened up his creative path. In it, in the first, a living soul, suffering, and an idea are reflected - all that without which there is no genuine art. It was created under sad circumstances for the artist. His wife Maria died, she was only twenty-five years old.