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Raphael – “Sistine Madonna”

The painting depicts a woman with a child, but this is not just a woman, it is a virgin holding a blessed child in her arms. Her gentle and at the same time sad look seems to know what an ungrateful future awaits her son. The child, on the other hand, is full of life,…

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Raphael – “Madonna Conestabile”

When Santi wrote Madonna and Child, he was almost seventeen years old. Therefore, this picture does not yet have that classical beauty, that brilliance and pictorial execution, for which the later works of the master were famous. But in the chamber and modest “Madonna and Child” there are other qualities that give it a refined…

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Polenov – “Moscow courtyard”

Moscow courtyard. Etude For the first time they sounded in the radiant “Moscow courtyard”. In 1877, in Trubnikovsky Lane (on the Arbat), the artist rented an apartment and made a sketch from the Savior-on-Pesky, visible from the workshop window. After St. Petersburg, Moscow seems to Polenov soulful and alive. It’s fun to work. At nine…

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Polenov – “Christ and the Sinner”

The idea of ​​creating a large-scale canvas dedicated to Christian morality came to Vasily Polenov after he saw the work of Alexander Ivanov “The Appearance of Christ to the People.” Having visited the sacred lands of Egypt, Palestine and Syria several times, having completed a large number of sketches and preparatory drawings, ordered a large…