Oedipus and the Sphinx - Gustave Moreau. In his painting, the symbolist artist Gustave Moreau refers to the ancient Greek myth about how the hero and king Oedipus met the Sphinx on the road to Thebes - a winged monster with the body of a lion and the head of a woman who asked the same mystery to all travelers: “Who walks in the morning on four legs, in the afternoon on two and in the evening on three?
Portrait of G. 81.5x56 About the author of the work - Elena Nikandrovna Klokacheva (1871 - after 1915) - little is known: she studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts, after which she received the title of artist. Her legacy is known mainly due to the portrait of the “elder”, Grigory Efimovich Rasputin. Rasputin, who came from the peasants of the Tobolsk province, had unlimited influence on Empress Alexandra Fedorovna and Nicholas II, since he, having the power of suggestion, could only alleviate the suffering of the heir - Tsarevich Alexei .
Everyone knows about the tragedy that occurred on August 9, 1945 in Japan, when the US armed forces dropped an atomic bomb on this city. Today we will talk about the atomic bomb museum. It should be noted that the first museum building was built back in 1945, and the modern museum opened only in 1996. The opening was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the city.
The Annunciation - Matthias Stomer. 113x166Mattias Stomer (circa 1600 - after 1649) was one of those who are called “caravagists,” that is, a follower of the Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, whose painting the Dutchman could see during his stay in Naples. From it, Stomer took over, including the particulars of chiaroscuro, which he used in this picture.
In the center of the capital of Ukraine, the city of Kiev, in a wonderful quiet corner of Tereschenkovskaya Street, there is a museum of art of Bogdan and Varvara Khanenko. Bogdan Khanenko, a well-known philanthropist of Ukraine at the beginning of the twentieth century, used to live in one of the houses. He was an outstanding person. With his beloved wife, Barbara, they lived more than forty years in peace and harmony.
Saint Stephen preaching - Vittore Carpaccio. Canvas, 148 x 194 Series of Carpaccio paintings dedicated to the life of St. Carpaccio depicts Stephen, dressed in the clothes of a deacon of the XVI century. and preaching before the meeting of attentive listeners. He stands on the podium of an ancient statue, which symbolizes the victory of Christianity over paganism.