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Self-immolation of widows in India

Self-immolation of widows in India

Popular depiction of a sati (from an icon shop at the gates of the gates of the Ekling Ji temple). Self-immolation of widows in India

Self-immolation of widows in India
Called sati (suttee), it is a funeral ritual tradition in Hinduism, once widespread in India. According to it, the widow should be burned along with her late husband on a specially built pyre. As of today the tradition of sati is rare and forbidden. The adjective sati means good woman. The name comes from the name of the goddess Sati, also known under the name of Dakshayani that brought a sacrifice, not being able to carry the indignities of her father Daksha’s humiliation of her husband Shiva. The ritual of Sati existed in India for centuries, until in 1829. The British occupied the country declared it illegal. However, it did not help much – the self-immolation continues to this day. Last time the authorities banned the tradition of self-immolation of widows in 1956 and 1981.
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Three muses of Marc Chagall

Three muses of Marc Chagall

Portrait by Yehuda Pen, 1914. Three muses of Marc Chagall

Three muses of Marc Chagall
Bella Rosenfeld was the eighth child in an orthodox Jewish family. Her parents owned a jewelry store and were considered quite wealthy. Her father was constantly immersed in Torah, sharpness, and her mother was engaged in business. Despite the patriarchal family life the Rosenfelds allowed Bella to obtain a secular education. The girl studied in Moscow at the Women’s College, was interested in literature and theater. Thoughtful, constantly immersed in painting, the poor, Moishe Shagal was recognized by no one. But Bella saw the talent in him.
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Jewelry boxes by Elena and Mikhail Shenshin

Jewelry boxes by Elena and Mikhail Shenshin

Jewelry boxes by Elena and Mikhail Shenshin

Jewelry boxes by Elena and Mikhail Shenshin
Creative duo of Russian artists Mikhail Shenshin and Elena Denisova have been working on lacquer miniature for about 20 years. According to them, they started from the traditional Fedoskino art, developing their own exclusive technique. From start to finish their beautiful lacquer boxes – entirely handmade. Elena, in particular, works in painting, and Mikhail is busy with all the rest. Traditionally, the artists use pearl, mother of pearl, gold leaf and gold for their bright boxes. Also, high craftsmanship and creativity. Such work of art can be passed down from generation to generation. Happily married for 20 years, Mikhail and his wife Elena live and work in Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod region.
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Painting Child with Dove leaves Britain for Qatar

Child with Dove leaves Britain for Qatar. Child with dove, 1901, painting by Pablo Picasso

1901 painting by Pablo Picasso. Child with Dove leaves Britain for Qatar

Child with Dove leaves Britain
After the painting by Paul Cezanne “The Card Players” royal family of Qatar has acquired yet another masterpiece of modernism – “Child with a Dove” by Pablo Picasso. The Spanish cubist painted it at the age of 20. For Qatar, buying it has become a great success, but for the art community of Great Britain – it is an invaluable loss, which they could not escape. Alas, the numerous protests, the launched in England a national campaign to raise funds to purchase £ 50 million painting has failed. “Why is one of the major masterpieces of painting, owned by the UK still allowed to leave the country? Where were the Art Fund, the National Portrait Gallery,” Tate Modern?” – outraged British newspaper. The painting “Child with a Dove”, which was in the country since 1924, now flew off to the collection of Qatar.
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Faiyum portraits first realistic painting

Faiyum portraits first realistic painting on Earth

Faiyum portraits first realistic painting on Earth

Faiyum portraits first realistic painting on Earth
These wonderful portraits by unknown artists painted more than 2 thousand years ago, not for viewers and museums, were in fact, a kind of passport photo for afterlife. Egyptians were afraid very much that the gods in the afterlife would not be able to identify them because of the failure of embalming. Such realistic portraits were to be buried with the dead. Currently, there are about 900 funeral portraits found in the necropolis of Faiyum. Thanks to the dry Egyptian climate, many portraits are very well preserved, and, in most cases, even the paint looks still fresh.
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Gothic chapel on bones

Gothic chapel on bones

Сemetery church of All Saints in Czech town of Kutna Hora. Gothic chapel on bones

Gothic chapel on bones
Ossuary in Sedlec (chesh. Kostnice v Sedlci, cemetery church of All Saints with Ossuary) – Gothic chapel in Sedlec, a suburb of the Czech town of Kutna Hora. Noteworthy, human skulls and bones decorate the chapel. On the decoration of the chapel used about 40,000 human skeletons. In 1278, Henry, the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutna Mountains, was sent by the Czech King Otakar II to the Holy Land. He brought back some earth from Golgotha ​​and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. The news of this spread, and the cemetery has become a popular burial place of the people of Central Europe. Many thousands of people wanted to be buried in this cemetery. As a result of Medieval wars in the middle of XIV century, epidemics expanded greatly, particularly the epidemic of the Black Death.
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Sand animated art by Alyona Voynova

Sand animated art by Alyona Voynova

Sand animated art by Alyona Voynova

Sand animated art by Alyona Voynova
Born on 7th July, 1975 in Samara, Alyona Voynova (maiden name Gradova) is a talented sand artist. According to the girl, she loves sand painting most of all. Also, she participates in sand shows, creating sand animation, or sand art. Alyona draws with sand on the illuminated glass, and projected on the screen pictures – accompanied by music. Undoubtedly, the show is impressive. Alyona is a participant of numerous TV programs, shows, art exhibitions. She has more than 200 performances in 10 countries. In particular, Germany, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Greece, England, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, and Russia. She is the winner of the European award «Krone der Volksmusik» (Chemnitz, Germany 2011) in the “Intersection of Art.” Noteworthy, in 2012 she performed at the official opening ceremony of German House at XXX Olympiad in London.
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