The richest people in the world spend billions of dollars in order to collect a decent collection of antiques and art. Each collector has his own taste and his own idea of the beautiful. But owners of billions of dollars are similar in one thing: they consider art a great investment, which in the future can bring serious profit to the owner.
The collector became a worthy successor to the work of his father, Stavros Niarchos, who laid the foundation for the collection of art of the twentieth century back in 1949. In his mansions in different cities of the world were paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Picasso, Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. Philip Niarchos later added to his father’s meeting by buying self-portraits of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Vincent van Gogh at auction, as well as Andy Warhol’s painting “Red Marilyn”. Continue reading
Russia has always been famous for outstanding talents, however, the indisputable fact is that these people did not always have sweet and free in their homeland. Russian history remembers many geniuses whose life was ruined by the domestic system. A terrible fate fell on the lot of Dmitry Ivanovich Vinogradov, rightfully considered the father of Russian porcelain, who spent the last days of his life chained to a kiln.
A master was born in the ancient Russian city of Suzdal in 1720. In the early 1730s, the boy’s father, seeing his great inclinations for science in his son, sent him with his elder brother Jacob to study in Moscow, where they studied at the Spassky School at the Slavic-Greek-Latin Academy. I must say, this school was one of the most authoritative educational institutions of the state of that time. At one time, many outstanding personalities studied in it. Continue reading
Since today many acts of civil protest in China remain strictly prohibited, a well-known Chinese artist-photographer, master of the original creative camouflage of people, Liu Bolin invented a unique technique for expressing one’s own opinion and view on pressing problems of society. Working with his team of professionals, Bolin seems to dissolve himself and his employees in space, merging with the environment, which emphasizes that modern man is invisible and of little significance to government structures and those in power.
He, with the help of his assistants, fits organically into both urban and natural landscapes, as well as supermarkets and various works of art. Bolin as a canvas can stand, without moving, in one place for several hours against a selected background, while his assistants paint it from head to toe, trying to mix it with the environment. Continue reading
Poor rich girl: Why actress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt considered herself guilty of the death of her son
Gloria Vanderbilt was one of the most famous women of the twentieth century. She was able to succeed in various fields of activity: she acted in films, wrote books and paintings, and also became a designer of blue jeans. Not one of her exits has been left without the attention of journalists since the very day she was born. She seemed successful and successful, but at night she was tormented by nightmares, and for many years Vanderbilt blamed herself for the death of her own son.
Poor rich girl
On February 21, 1924, many newspapers wrote about a happy event in the life of Reginald Vanderbilt and his second wife, 20-year-old Gloria Morgan: on the eve of the spouses, an heiress, Gloria Vanderbilt, was born. Gloria Jr. was only one year old when she inherited her father’s 5 millionth fortune. 45-year-old Reginald Vanderbilt died of cirrhosis, and his widow took charge of her daughter’s finances. Continue reading
This year marks almost 430 years since the death of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian artist known for his original portraits of fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish. Giuseppe so skillfully portrayed these objects on canvas, that their entire combination forms a recognizable similarity of portrait subjects. The art of Arcimboldo, as the most radical and extravagant representative of the mannerism style, is also noteworthy in that he pushed the theme of the parallel between humanity and the natural world beyond new boundaries.
The genre of portraiture has been one of the dominant for many centuries. However, in the 16th century, Giuseppe Archimboldo provided his own vision of this genre, combining it with a still life and surprising his contemporaries with his extraordinary compositional solutions. Continue reading