Vasily Grigoryevich Perov
An artist Vasily Perov, who continued in the traditions of Pavel Fedotov, devoted his work to portraying the life of Russia’s democratic strata of society.
An artist Perov was one of the founders of the famous Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (“Peredvizhniki”), a union of the most progressive Russian artists, whose aim was to serve the people through their art. His canvases, which were at time mordant satirical exposures as“ Sermon in the Village” (1861), “A Religious Procession in a Village at Easter” (1861), or ones that revealed profound grief, as “Seeing off the Dead Man” (1865) proved of great value in revolutionizing public opinion.
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Vasily Vasilievich Vereshchagin
Vasily Vereshchagin is an original personality in Russian art. His life was crowded with memorable events and heroic episodes.
The artist travelled a great deal in the Caucasus, the Crimea, Central Asia and visited many Russian and European cities, journeyed to India twice, was in America, Japan, Syria, Palestine, the Philippines and Cuba. Читать далее An artist — Vereshchagin
On May 9, the people of our country celebrate the anniversary of their great victory in the Great Patriotic War against fascist Germany.
The Second World War was a grim trial for the Soviet people and their army.Displaying unprecedented courage and heroism the Soviet soldiers defended every inch of the Soviet soil.
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Westminster Abbey is a national shrine where the kings and queens are crowned and famous people are buried.
Founded by Edward the Confessor in 1050, the Abbey was a monastery for a long time.
Since William I almost every English monarch has been crowned in this great church, which contains the tombs and memorials of many of Britain’s most eminent citizens. Читать далее Westminster Abbey
William’s father, John Shakespeare, moved to Stratford-on-Avon about 1550 and became a tradesman. His wife, the writer’s mother, Mary Arden, was the daughter of a rich farmer.
John Shakespeare and his wife lived in a two-storey house in Hanley Street. Simple and ordinary looking, this house is still one of the most famous places in the world. For here, in a small room on the second floor, William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564.
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Vasily Andreyevich Tropinin (1776-1857)
Visitors to the Tretyakov Art Gallery often stop to admire Vasily Tropinin’s remarkable picture “The Lace-maker”. Holding up her bobbins, a lovely young girl looks out of the frame with all the charm of youth and beauty, showing the graceful movements of her busy hands. This was the first Russian picture to depict the city working girl.
But the most popular picture ever created by Tropinin is probably his portrait of Alexander Pushkin for which the poet sat in 1827. The remarkable likeness was stressed by contemporaries. The portrait reflects the powerful mind and inspiration of the poet.
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The Geography of the British Isles
To the west of the continent of Europe lie two large islands called the British Isles. The larger of these is known as Great Britain, the smaller, Ireland. The North Sea and the English Channel separate the British Isles from the European continent.
The larger island of Great Britain consists of three parts: England, Scotland and Wales which were once separate kingdoms. After centuries of war at the beginning of the 18th century England, Wales and Scotland were united. In 1800 Ireland was included in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, as it was called.
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The story of the famous and talented Вrontë family is strange and unusual.
The Вrontë children — five girls and a boy — lived with their father and aunt in Yorkshire.
All the children were in poor health. Two of the girls died while they were still at school. Bramwell, the boy, was good at writing poetry. But he died at the age of 31. Anne, who wrote poetry and two novels, died at 29.
Emily who became world famous as the author of “Wuthering Heights” died a year after the book was published in 1847.
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The capital of the United States is Washington, D.C. The city was named after the first American President George Washington.
The city is filled with important buildings. The largest library in the world is in Washington, D.C. It is called the Library of Congress. It has one copy of every single book copyrighted in the United States.
The Congress meets in the Capitol Building. Government lawyers work in the Justice Department.
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R.Burns was the greatest poet of the 18th century. He is famous all over Scotland. One has only to speak to Scotchmen to feel the deep love and admiration for their outstanding countryman.
R.Burns was born in the picturesque village of Alloway. His father was a poor farmer, but it was from his father that Robert received his learning and his love for books. His mother had a beautiful voice and taught him old Scottish songs and ballads, which he later turned into his best poems. At the age of 13 Robert began to work on the farm together with his father. Robert was a handsome young man, but he often suffered from illnesses because of the hard work and bad food.
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