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Nostalgic drawings by Maria Zeldis

Nostalgic drawings by Maria Zeldis

Nostalgic drawings by Maria Zeldis

Nostalgic drawings by Maria Zeldis
Amazing style of this artist captivates immediately. The nostalgic atmosphere of her drawings is visible, you have only to take a closer look at them. Perhaps this is the real art, when a person with ordinary pencils and paper that can be bought in any store creates something very special and beautiful. The artist Maria Zeldis was born and raised in the Ukraine, trained as a professional pianist, and shared the love for the plastic arts with her twin sister. In the early 90s Maria moved to Mexico, where she currently lives and works. For the last 15 years Maria has dedicated her creativity to painting, drawing and design. Maria Zeldis’ works have our mentality and taste. The pretty orthodox girl that places a candle in the temple, and the girl in the window has so familiar Slavic features… The titles of her paintings depicting beautiful golden domes of orthodox churches – “Nostalgia”. Maria Zeldis’ favorite writer is Fyodor Dostoevsky. The artist creates nothing shocking, her work is not intended to arouse public opinion, it rather makes you forget about everyday problems and just enjoy the beauty of the surrounding world.
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Russian proverbs illustrated by Marina Rusanova

Russian proverbs illustrated by Marina Rusanova

The sun will rise above our yard (A call for patience, hope). Russian proverbs illustrated by Marina Rusanova

Russian proverbs illustrated by Marina Rusanova
Contemporary artist Marina Rusanova is the author of lubok series illustrating Russian proverbs and sayings. Her beautiful drawings are derived from popular folk proverbs. Lubki (plural form of the word “lubok”) prints were previously used as decoration in houses and inns, then they were used in book printing. Such simple books mostly consisted of pictures, and were called lubok literature. Early examples of Lubok were dated back late 17th and early 18th centuries, originally they were painted woodcuts, from the mid-19th century they appeared in lithography. Lubki often appear in series, like this one, illustrated by Marina Rusanova Russian proverbs. Marina Rusanova was born in Moscow. She studied at the art school and worked as a graphic designer and an illustrator in different Moscow organizations. In 1981 she graduated from Moscow School of Textiles specializing in hand weaving and tapestry. Since 1982 Marina Rusanova has been participating in art exhibitions of the Moscow Union of Artists.
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Proverbial painting of Pieter Brueghel

Nederlandse Spreekwoorden - Proverbial painting of Pieter Brueghel the Elder

Nederlandse Spreekwoorden – Proverbial painting of Pieter Brueghel the Elder

Proverbial painting of Pieter Brueghel the Elder
“Nederlandse Spreekwoorden” or Netherlandish Proverbs, also known as The Topsy-Turvy World was painted in 1559, by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. The large scale painting depicts the literal meanings of Dutch proverbs. Displayed in the Berlin art gallery “Nederlandse Spreekwoorden” is filled with symbols related to more than a hundred well-known Dutch proverbs and sayings. Not all of them have been deciphered by modern scholars, as some expressions have been forgotten. Five years later, in 1564, the country was described proverbially by French writer Rabelais in his novel “Pantagruel”. With great artistic power Brueghel painted absurdity and foolishness of humans. The oil-on-oak-panel painting was originally entitled “The Blue Cloak or The Folly of the World”. His son made about 20 copies of his father’s painting, but not all copies exactly reproduce the original, differing from it in a few details.
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Silver jewelry From Siberia with love

Silver jewelry From Siberia with love

Model Julia Ilina, photographer Dmitry Fedyaev. Silver jewelry From Siberia with love

Silver jewelry From Siberia with love

A young Russian brand “From Siberia with love” offers original handmade jewelry, as well as accessories. Promising young Russian designers of “From Siberia with love” make ethnic silver jewelry in the Yakut style by filigree, granulation, chasing, blackening and smooth polishing, with inlays of Cubic zirconia (phianites). The stylish images of eagles and cranes, wolves and deer are found in pendants, earrings, rings, collars and necklaces. The ethnic motif of Siberian peoples is visible in the ornaments of handmade jewelry “From Siberia with love”. Such jewelry pieces are not simple decorations, they are worn as mascots. The Siberian crane was associated with spring sun, kind celestial spirits and was considered divine. Killing the beautiful white bird was a great sin. Siberian natives – Yakuts and Yukaghirs compared a beautiful girl with a Siberian crane or a swan.
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Medieval and Renaissance beauties in engravings

Medieval and Renaissance beauties in engravings

Lady Clementina Augusta Wellington Villiers (1824–58). Medieval and Renaissance beauties in engravings

Medieval and Renaissance beauties in engravings is a gallery of British Queens. In the Medieval times children from royal and noble families were married at a young age. Usually girls were as young as 12 when they married, and boys as young as 14. The first recorded age-of-consent law dates back 800 years. In 1275, in England, Westminster 1 statute, made it a misdemeanor to “ravish” a “maiden within age,” whether with or without her consent. “Within age” was the age of marriage, which at the time was 12 years of age. There were authorities who claimed that consent could take place earlier. For many noble-born or royal women, marriage often took place at a young age. There are many instances or very young girls being betrothed and married under the age of 10 years old.
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English artist Peter Ellenshaw

Poppies-Monet's Pond. English artist Peter Ellenshaw

Poppies – Monet’s Pond. English artist Peter Ellenshaw (1913-2007)

English artist Peter Ellenshaw
Born in London, his artistic career has spanned more than seven decades. Considered the chief master of marine and landscape painting of his generation, Peter Ellenshaw worked with many acclaimed directors. In particular, Walt Disney, Stanley Kubrick and Michael Powell. He was the Oscar winner for special effects artist, film production designer, illustrator and designer of formal concept of “Disney Legend.” Beautiful works by Peter Ellenshaw decorate collections and galleries around the world. He has received numerous awards from many prestigious institutions. Among them the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the American Film Institute in Chicago. In February 2007, Peter died peacefully at his home in Santa Barbara, California. He was 93.
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Beautiful birds and flowers by Lucia Lin

Beautiful birds and flowers by Lucia Lin

Orange morning. Beautiful birds and flowers by Lucia Lin

Beautiful birds and flowers by Lucia Lin. Taiwan based photographer Lucia Lin captures amazingly beautiful images of birds and flowers with her Olympus camera. The colors are natural, not Photo-shopped. I haven’t found any additional information about the talented photographer, so a set of inspirational quotes will accompany these gorgeous shots.
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