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Annie Swynnerton is a well-remembered name among art lovers irrespective of their backgrounds. Whether you are rich, poor, industrious, lazy, Socialist or a right wing, appreciating the suffragette’s works is unavoidable because they make the presence of character and individual strength quite evident despite your possible willingness to accept that Swynnerton may have renounced God. While Joan of Arc believed in God to an extent Swynnerton may have found ridiculous or even laughable, the fact remains that Swynnerton’s works has seen the addition of a new character in the old line up of inspiring women. Remember that in other works, where she has painted male portraits, the subjects are either too old or too young to fit the description of the classical hero that pervaded the Renaissance art movements. Annie Swynnerton seems to be more leniently […]

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A simple painting at first sight, about three soldiers waiting for something or on their way to somewhere is the creation of Viktor Vasnetsov. Though, the importance and reach of the painting is conceived when we know that this ranks as the most popular painting in Russia, pushing Morning in a Pine Forest by Ivan Shishkin at the second place. Seemingly simple painting holds a grand history. The soldiers are the three most popular Bogatyrs of Russian folklore and myths – Alyosha Popovich, Ilya Muromets and Dobrynya Nikitich. Bogatyrs were the folklore heroes who would fight against the enemies and protect the homeland. Anyone could have become a bogatyr, even a peasant. Ilya Muromets was such a peasant before he embarked on the journey of […]

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