Barbizon School of Painting
Far from the noise of the capital, the French painters of the last century have chosen the area around the royal residence of Fontainebleau, which since the times of Francis I has attracted the lands of noble hunters. As early as the 18th century, J.-B. Audrey wrote the magnificent scenes of the royal hunt. After the turbulent events of the Great French Revolution and the fall of Napoleon I, when the time of the festivities was gone, landscape painters often visited here. Continue reading
Cologne … Many have heard about this German city on the Rhine, a major center of medieval European culture. The well-known Cologne Cathedral is an unsurpassed monument of Gothic architecture. Its spiers, like gigantic petrified conifers, rush into the sky to a height of one and half meters. Unusual history of construction. She began to be erected in 1248. In the middle of the XV century, work stopped, and only in the XIX century, construction was completed.
But few people know that a more ancient structure, in the place of which a magnificent cathedral was erected, existed since the 9th century. It was built in the era of the Carolingians, here already in the period of early Christianity (IV – VI centuries) the church stood, and it, in turn, was built on the foundations of the ancient temple. Continue reading