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Museon Park of the Fallen Heroes in Moscow

Sculpture by Vera Mukhina, Museon Park in Moscow

Sculpture by Vera Mukhina, Museon Park in Moscow

Museon Park of the Fallen Heroes in Moscow
Russia’s only museum of sculpture in the open, the park “Museon” began with the dismantled Soviet sculptures. However, now there you can find a variety of monuments, sculptures and styles. Founded in 1992, it was originally conceived as an art park in the neighborhood to the Tretyakov Gallery and the Central House of the artist. Meanwhile, the collection now consists of more than 700 sculptures, and many of them are outstanding monuments of the Soviet era. In particular, the monument by great Soviet sculptor Vera Mukhina and Shadr to Maxim Gorky, or a piece of sculpture (copy) by Vuchetich “Stand to the death”, as well as monuments of culture and architecture of XVIII-XX centuries.
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Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov

The painting 'Eternal Russia', 1988, one of the artist’s central works shows us in one panorama the entire history of Russia Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov

The painting ‘Eternal Russia’, 1988, one of the artist’s central works shows us in one panorama the entire history of Russia (the image can be enlarged). Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov (June 10, 1930 – July 9, 2017)

Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov
The painting ‘Eternal Russia’, 1988, one of the artist’s central works shows us in one panorama the entire history of Russia. The painting measures 3 x 6 meters. The great artist’s genuine fame was achieved as the result of the enormous lines of visitors to his exhibits, both at home and abroad. The West German news magazine “Der Spiegel” once wrote: “He who is against Glazunov is against Russia.” The extraordinary vision of Glazunov the artist, historian and philosopher is realized in the stunningly beautiful harmony of color and his confident use of foreshortening, grouping, and composition rhythm. The painting “Eternal Russia” is a textbook of Russian history in its genuine majesty, a song of the glory of our nation. The paintings of Ilya Glazunov are open books for all who wish to know and better understand Russia.
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Manipulated photography before Photoshop

Manipulated photography before Photoshop

Electrical appliances for the home by Grete Stern, 1950. Manipulated photography before Photoshop

Manipulated photography before Photoshop
The Metropolitan museum of art has compiled a collection of photographs taken before the era of digital alteration which feature outlandish compositions. ‘faking it’ is comprised of almost 200 images captured between the 1840s and the 1990s. The exhibition takes place in the Metropolitan museum of art, New York city, USA, from October 11th until January 27th, 2013. The photographs in the exhibition were altered using a variety of techniques, including multiple exposure (taking two or more pictures on a single negative), combination printing (producing a single print from elements of two or more negatives), photo-montage, over painting, and retouching on the negative or print… in every case, the meaning and content of the camera image was significantly transformed in the process of manipulation.’
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The most expensive Russian and Soviet coins

25-ruble coin of 1908 costs 1.9 million rubles. The most expensive Russian and Soviet coins

25-ruble coin of 1908 costs 1.9 million rubles. The most expensive Russian and Soviet coins

The most expensive Russian and Soviet coins

25-ruble coin of 1908 costs 1.9 million rubles. In the early 20th century gold nugget weighing 5 kg was found in Siberia. Nicholas II, the last Russian emperor, decided to make these nugget coins and gave them to family and friends during the celebration of his birthday in 1908. 25 rubles in 1908, are considered rare. One coin was sold in April 2011 for $ 1.9 million, the price could be much higher if the coin was undamaged.
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History of painting His Master’s Voice

History of painting His Master's Voice

Barraud while painting. History of painting His Master’s Voice

History of painting His Master’s Voice
Perhaps, some of you have seen this picture, in which the dog is listening to the sounds of gramophone pipe. This painting is called “His Master’s Voice’, painted by the English artist James Francis Barraud. In 1884, Herbert (Mark) Barraud, who lived in Bristol, picked up a stray dog ​​- a fox terrier and named it Nipper. The dog was named for his penchant for biting the feet of visitors. Terrier was a faithful friend of Barraud. Shortly before his death, Herbert bought a phonograph and recorded his voice on it. Nipper used to listen to the voice, and wondered how it was possible – the owner, sitting nearby, and his voice came out of the black pipe.
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Traditional Russian craft Kholmogory bone carving

Traditional Russian craft Kholmogory bone carving

Religious theme. Traditional Russian craft Kholmogory bone carving

Traditional Russian craft Kholmogory bone carving

First of all, artistic bone carving is among the most ancient forms of folk decorative art. Meanwhile, the most famous folk art craft in northern Russia is Kholmogory bone carving, formed and practiced in villages of Kholmogory District of Arkhangelsk region. The style of carving Kholmogory intersects with the different cultural traditions: the North-Russian, Central Russian, Western European (borrowed drawings prints, equipment of Dutch and German craftsmen) and the traditions of the indigenous peoples of the North.
The first known examples of products performed in this manner, refer to the XVII century. However, the carving techniques that distinguish this type of crafts from other similar ones developed only in the XVIII century. These features include, for example, the combination formed through holes and relief ornament scene images, the use of color, adding colored foil.
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The Kremlin Armoury treasures

The Kremlin Armoury treasures. Crown of the Russian Empire

Crown of the Russian Empire. The Kremlin Armoury treasures

The Kremlin Armoury treasures
Nearly five centuries have passed since The Kremlin Armoury treasures have been founded as the royal arsenal in 1508. A century earlier, the treasury items were already stored in the basements of Kremlin palaces and cathedrals. Until the transfer of the court to St Petersburg, the Armoury was in charge of producing, purchasing and storing decorations, tableware of precious metals, church vessels, clothes of beautiful fabrics, expensive weaponry, jewellery. The best Moscow gunsmiths worked there. In 1640 and 1683, the iconography and pictorial studios were opened. In 1700, the Armoury was enriched with the treasures of the Golden and Silver chambers of the Russian tsars. By the end of the XV century, Moscow became the center of a highly artistic crafts, when Moscow court employed an enormous Russian and foreign artists. Their works of art and jewelry were included in the Armory. Numerous embassies victuals brought to Moscow elegant gifts: silver cups, precious fabrics, pearls, military equipment. During the reign of Ivan III princely treasury had grown enormously. In 1711, Peter the Great had the majority of masters transferred to the new capital, St.Petersburg.
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