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Category Archive: Art

Spring of Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli. Self portrait

Sandro Botticelli. Self portrait

Birth of Venus is one of the most famous paintings created by the great master of the Early Renaissance Sandro Botticelli. Venus is a symbol of feminine beauty and mystery as well as his other female characters. The great master painted the same woman in all his works. Who was she?
A few people know her name today. But in the second half of the XV century, she was the muse of art and the first beauty. The best artists of the Renaissance portrayed her defenseless nakedness, although she didn’t pose nude to any painter. It was only their imagination. Botticelli was in love with this woman all his life. She was his Venus, his Spring, his Madonna and Athena. Her name was Simonetta Vespucci. The paintings show not only her beauty, but also her mystery.
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Vasily Surikov – Something terrible happened to me…

Vasily Surikov. Self Portrait. 1879

Vasily Surikov. Self Portrait. 1879

Historical paintings by Vasily Surikov (1848-1916) are very impressive. Everyone understands how powerful, passionate, and tragic they are. But few people know that the idea of these paintings came to the artist in a completely mysterious and mystical way.
Surikov came from an old Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. A descendant of the freedom-loving Cossacks became interested in history in his childhood. The artist said: “There is nothing more interesting than history. Reading about the historical time, you can understand present.” “In Siberia, you know, people are different from the Russian: they are free and courageous.”
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Fingers instead of brushes

Wonderful landscape by talented artist Judith Ann Braun

Wonderful landscape by talented artist Judith Ann Braun

Judith Ann Braun and her magic fingers
American artist Judith Ann Braun from New York creates real masterpieces. She draws wonderful pictures not with a pencil, but with her… fingers. Ann is a very creative person. She tried herself as photographer, painter, drummer, etc. Recently, she even made a video about her interesting life.
The artist draws with both hands. One of her works, Diamond Dust, the artist was drawing for eight days at the Chrysler Museum of Art, which is located in Norfolk. The entire creative process was broadcasted live.
Her paintings are not just abstract symmetrical patterns, but wonderful landscapes.
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Van Gogh – Mystery with Straw Hat

Van Gogh. Self-Portrait with Straw Hat

Van Gogh. Self-Portrait with Straw Hat

Any painting by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is a mystery. But the fate of one of his self-portrait is truly incredible.
Paris was preparing for a magnificent holiday: Christmas was coming. It was 1900 – the date that happens once a century. People bought a lot of presents for their relatives and friends. There were a lot of customers in the shop of the most famous art dealer in Europe, Ambroise Vollard. In the evening the shop was about to close, but Vollard heard a boor bell. The very unusual visitor entered the best shop in France. Ragamuffin-clochard, one of those who live under the bridges of Paris, handed the folded canvas: “Buy a painting by Van Gogh, monsieur!”
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Human Race Diamond

Blue Hope

Blue Hope

Blue Hope is the most mysterious diamond in the world. Its last owner’s story is absolutely incredible and mysterious.
In May 1912, Evalyn McLean, well known New York beauty, ran into the church not far from her house and said to the priest: “I want to consecrate this ill-fated stone!” And she tore off her necklace – a huge dark blue diamond surrounded by sparkling stones.
The priest silently put the necklace on the cushion, picked up the cross, and suddenly… everything began howling and squealing, and the stone glowed with a sinister blue flame…
There was a sound of thunder. The heavens poured down rain. Windows were broken. Evalyn cried. But the priest didn’t stop. And everything became quiet again.
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Bright and Mysterious Gioachino Rossini

Bright and Mysterious Gioachino Rossini

Bright and Mysterious Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) was a brilliant Italian composer, who lived in France. Opera The Barber of Seville (1816), based on Beaumarchais’ comedy, brought maestro worldwide fame. He created it just for twenty days. Musicologists are still arguing about one mystery: why brilliant Rossini wrote several operas a year for twenty years and had not created any for the next forty years?
The composer was coming to his home in Paris and saw reporters: “Why do not you write operas any more, maestro? They say, for the beautiful melodies you gave your soul to the devil for 20 years, but the contract has expired, and now you can’t create!”
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Mission of Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Tales about a boy with glasses and a scar on his forehead – Harry Potter – have become very popular in the XXI century. Harry Potter’s “mom” is a British writer Joanne Rowling, who was born on July 31, 1965.
She started the first book about the English boy who entered the school of magic, the famous Hogwarts, in 1991, when she was a modest French teacher. Initially, several publishers rejected the manuscript because it was not interesting enough. That is why the “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” appeared in print only in 1997. And fabulous novel became a book of the year. Last novel “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was released in 2007.
“Fairy tale about the boy wizard taught children to read,” says teachers.
In fact, the novels are made up of well-known magic cubes – Philosopher’s Stone, phoenix, Goblet of Fire.
The secret mission of novels is rehabilitation of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And it happened in England, a country where magic is strong traditionally, where there are still many secret societies.
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