Stories By Marina Kochetkova
It’s Tokyo Olympics! The Greatest Moments in the History of Summer Olympic GamesJuly 23, 2021
It’s Tokyo Olympics! It’s time when the greatest athletes gather in one place and compete against one other. If transported to the distant past, you would see how in 776 BCE, a baker named Koroibos left the competition...
Top 10 Most Famous Chinese PaintingsJune 18, 2021
With thousands of years of continuous history, China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It is also one of the most culturally unique nations. Throughout many centuries, Chinese artists depicted landscapes, animals, and beauties with...
The Eighth Wonder of the World: Terracotta ArmyJune 16, 2021
When people mention the terracotta army, the first thing that comes to mind is the phrase “the eighth wonder of the world”. It is a symbol of China’s thousands of years of culture. The First Emperor’s...
The Elephant in the Church and Other Curious Stories of VeniceMay 27, 2021
With its maze of narrow streets, bridges, and canals linking its splendid architecture and art, Venice is beautiful. It is worth exploring and a wrong turn can be thrilling. Even the elephant was so curious that...
Andy Warhol: Religious Artist for a Secular SocietyMay 13, 2021
When I first saw a photo of Andy Warhol he was in a wig and wearing lipstick. I thought what an interesting woman that was. And he was of course one of the most influential artists...
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...
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