Two brides for one groom: the Mystery of the picturesque plot of the mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine
Among the works of masters of the Renaissance and later periods of the history of painting, there are often those that depict the "mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine". At the…

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Fascinating work, at the same time causing anxiety and emotion
The works of this Illustrator evoke mixed emotions – the viewer feels both emotion and anxiety. Invented by the artist, cute and strange creatures that walk in the company of…

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Ancient Russian shrines
Externally, the sanctuary looked like a real fortress on the high Bank of the Desna: a deep moat, a high horseshoe-shaped rampart and wooden walls (fence?) on the upper edge…

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Mystical story of the painting of Ivan Kramskoy “Mermaids»

In the history of classical Russian painting, there are many mysterious and surprising episodes that allow us to talk about the existence of paintings with “bad reputation”. This list includes several works by the famous artist-Peredvizhnik Ivan Kramskoy. The largest number of legends is associated with his painting “Mermaids”.

The idea of” Mermaids “appeared in the artist under the impression of N. Gogol’s Novella “may night, or the drowned Woman”. According to popular beliefs, girls who were drowned after death became mermaids. It was them and decided to write Ivan Kramskoy. This theme was very unexpected and new for the realist artist. The artist was very fond of Gogol and read all his works many times. He wanted to convey the very atmosphere of “May night”, to immerse the viewer in the mysterious world of Ukrainian folklore. Continue reading

Creepy illustrations that cause ambiguous feelings
The works of this Illustrator evoke mixed emotions – the viewer feels both emotion and anxiety. Created by the artist, cute and strange creatures that walk in the company of…

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The curse of the Templars
 The fires of the Inquisition are kindled in the cities. But now they are not burned for heretics and Gentiles, witches and wizards. And for the Christian knights, the Templars…

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Ancient Russian shrines
Externally, the sanctuary looked like a real fortress on the high Bank of the Desna: a deep moat, a high horseshoe-shaped rampart and wooden walls (fence?) on the upper edge…

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New year's fairy tales and magic plots…
The old year is gone, the past is gone. This time always brings a touch of mystery, magic, fairy-tale. Since childhood, the time of making wishes and their implementation. And…

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