I think many will agree with me that the ornament, like any other folk art, is a reflection of the culture, customs, and foundations of its time. Ornamental art, in my opinion, is very unique, it can be perceived as a kind of diary, only you need to learn how to read it.
<Old-Russian ornament. Of course, in ancient-Russian ornament, as in many others, there are many motifs that were borrowed from other nations, in particular, from Byzantine and Eastern art. But at the same time, only those motifs that were close and understood by Russian masters took root in the ornament of Ancient Russia. Continue reading
Rococo (French rococo – fanciful, quaint from rocaille – rocky from roc – rock, cliff). Rococo – the original art style, developed in the art of France, the first half of the XVIII century. Same as Louis XV style, since it coincides with the time of the reign of this king (1720-1765). Rococo is one of the most famous “royal styles”. The origin of its name and main forms is closely related to the concept of “rokail”.
In 1736, the French jeweler and woodcarver J. Mondon “Son” published an album of engraved drawings entitled “The First Book of the Forms of Rokaille and Cartelles”. Continue reading
Nowhere is the cat revered as in Egypt. The complex metaphorical sense that world mythology endowed the image of this beautiful intelligent animal, the Egyptians reduced to positive, pleasing to the human consciousness concepts – such as good, home, fun, love, motherhood, fertility, defensive forces.
In ancient Egypt, there was a very significant cult of the goddess – the cat Bastet (Bast), which was also considered the personification of the sun and moonlight. Goddess depicted as a maiden with a cat’s head or in the form of a lioness. Bastet was considered the daughter of Osiris and Isis. Continue reading