The Brotherhood of Free Masons (Masons) is perhaps one of the most famous, ancient and mysterious secret societies in world history. Scientists still have not come to a consensus on the origin of Freemasonry. Most of them are inclined to the version connecting this fraternity with the ancient order of the Templars. Symbols of this secret society can be found in the works of famous masters of gypsum stucco molding and sculpture around the world, including Russia.
The influence of Freemasonry on plaster and sculptural art
A characteristic feature of Freemasonry is an allegorical expression of the principles of a secret brotherhood through symbols in art. Masons considered enlightenment and development of the spiritual values of humanity as their goal. Given this, it becomes obvious why the smartest people in different Continue reading
The development of sculpture at the beginning of the XIX century is associated with a significant influence of neoclassicism on sculpture and art. Moreover, over the course of a century, this influence gradually waned, and the greatest masters of Europe increasingly perpetuated in their works the monarchs and rulers of the countries in which they lived. This era gave mankind a great many famous sculptures that went down in the history of world art. The 19th century can rightfully be considered the century of conservatism, which was manifested primarily in the sculpture and stucco work of the masters of this era. Let us recall the greatest sculptors of the 19th century and analyze their influence on the global creative environment. Continue reading
People have long sought to decorate their homes and household items. Archaeologists, so far, find various confirmations of the existence of the art world of different eras. These confirmations are various household items that people tried to decorate with various ornaments characteristic of their era.
In the Paleolithic era, primitive people tried to reproduce the world in accurate and visible images. Therefore, the most important themes of Paleolithic art were the theme of animals and the theme of hunting. Basically, cave paintings are images of animals: mammoths, rhinos, bulls, horses, cave lions and bears.
The second place after the hunting scenes was occupied by the images of the rites of resurrection and Continue reading