Gypsum sculptures found in the area of the Seljuk empire were called Seljuk statuettes. They were created during the “Golden Age” – between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. Figures adorned the interior walls and friezes of the Seljuk palaces, along with other decorative plaster decorations.
The figures were painted in bright and often golden colors. They represented real people and served as symbols of power.
Islamic art of the Seljuks
The Seljuks were a Turkish dynasty of nomadic origin from Central Asia. The dynasty began to rule the eastern Islamic world after defeating Ghazni in the Battle of Dandanakan and the overthrow of the Bugid dynasty. Continue reading
Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi is one of the most prominent artists in the history of Russian landscape painting. The author of the most popular paintings went through a thorny creative path from a self-taught artist to an artist-teacher. His life combined the features of a typical fate of a person from the people and a unique biography of a gifted person.
The extraordinary figure of Kuindzhi has become legendary already in the eyes of contemporaries. Subsequently, the interest in it of domestic art historians was constantly increasing. However, to this day, the life and work of the famous landscape painter are fraught with many mysteries. Continue reading
Visitors to the State Hermitage have a unique opportunity to see the best plastic samples created by masters for the entire time that intelligent life on Earth has existed. Perhaps the State Hermitage is the only museum in the world that provides such an opportunity.
Collection of small plastic of the prehistoric era in the Hermitage
The collection of small plastics of the prehistoric era in the Hermitage is one of the largest in the world. More than twenty Stone Age Venus figures make up the well-deserved pride of the museum. The permanent exhibition of the museum has stone and bone sculptures. Among all the exhibits belonging to this era, one can note the plastic works of Scythian masters. Continue reading