Stories By Marina Kochetkova
Art State of Mind
Celebrating Chinese New Year: Which Ox Would You Choose?February 12, 2021
Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival celebrates the beginning of a new year based on the lunisolar calendar. In 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year falls on February 12, the Year of...
Under Hokusai’s Great WaveJanuary 23, 2021
You might not know the title of Hokusai’s print, but Under the Wave off Kanagawa is almost instantly recognizable. His Great Wave reveals the power of the sea and is frequently featured on everyday objects. We perceive it as a...
The Art of Mandala – Matrix ReloadedNovember 15, 2020
The art of the mandala is like a secret language of the soul. It represents both a map of the cosmos and the soul’s progress through meditation toward enlightenment. With an unlimited wealth of motifs and...
Can You Spot the Cat? Cats Hidden in Famous PaintingsAugust 4, 2020
I like cats and I’m sure that many of you do too. A fascinating animal, the cat has earned itself an important place in culture, literature, and art. Artists gave it a rich variety of symbolic...
Modern Sports Played in Ancient ChinaJuly 22, 2020
The history of Chinese sports can be traced back over thousands of years, revealing many achievements, innovations, and surprises. We think about some of the sports as modern, however, they were played in ancient China. For...
Khon – The Art of Thai DanceJuly 9, 2020
As an art form, Thai dance has been honed over many centuries. It is one of the great wonders of the human imagination. We can enter a theater, enjoy a dance performance, and quickly set aside...
Painting of the Week: Thomas Lawrence, Julia, Lady PeelJuly 5, 2020
When I saw the portrait of Julia, Lady Peel by Sir Thomas Lawrence in the Frick Collection, I was intrigued by the artwork. There is a discrepancy between her gentle expression and the flamboyance of her costume. Yet...
The Power of Compassion – Bodhisattvas in ArtJune 16, 2020
Enlightening and radiant bodhisattvas are often depicted in art. With the opening of Buddhist practice to laypeople, active and compassionate bodhisattva archetypes developed in the popular imagination. However, these archetypes were not remote or passive. They...
A Perfect Meal for A Summer Day Inspired by ArtJune 13, 2020
Fresh produce, small green gardens, beds of herbs, dappled sunlight playing through trees and onto picnic spreads, fruit, and vegetables are all ingredients for the perfect meal to savor on a summer day. These elements were...
Journey to the East – Buddhist Art Across CulturesMay 12, 2020
From its beginnings in India, Buddhist art has traveled across cultures. Buddhism developed its character thanks to many pilgrims who made their journey to the east and west to propel the ideas. Although it no longer...
- Somewhere at Sea: Ivan Aivazovsky and his Marine Art
- Vermeer’s Desperate Housewives
- Mythological Femmes Fatales in the Mysterious Symbolist Paintings
- 10 Most Beautiful Artistic Flower Arrangements for Spring
- What I Found in the Museum Of Bad Art
- The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
- The Victorians: an Unexpected World of Erotica and Pornography [18+]
- A Capri Romance: John Singer Sargent and Rosina Fererra
- Brief Story of Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny
- Explore the Unknown World of Klimt’s Landscapes