The unsolved mystery of the "humpback horse": what hidden knowledge could the author encode in the fairy tale?
When Pyotr Yershov wrote "the humpback horse", he was only 18 years old. The genius of this tale, which has not lost popularity until now, as well as the fact…

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Magnet healing: how pseudo science helped to discover hypnosis
During his lifetime, Franz Mesmer was an extraordinary figure: some considered him a brilliant scientist and discoverer of the so-called" animal magnetism", others were sure that he was nothing more…

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Haunted castles
Travel is different. Someone just wants to change the environment and relax, and someone is looking for new tastes and goes on a culinary journey. Some people like to get…

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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

A hell of a lot of wax and bronze. Horned self-portraits of Jan Fabre in the sculpture series CHAPTERS I - XVIII
The "great and terrible" Belgian Maestro Jan Fabre won fame with provocative paintings, sculptures, installations and art performances. His work is so shocking that the degree of strangeness can compete…

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9 medieval curses that scared book thieves
The threat to go to the gallows may seem unnecessarily harsh for stealing a book, but this is just one example of a long-standing tradition of book curses. Before 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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Guardian angel
This happened at the end of November 2004. Then I just got a passport, and my friends and I were going to celebrate the New year in "warm lands". The…

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