Michelangelo Buonarroti was one of the most famous artists in history. He was a painter, a sculptor, an architect, and a poet. He created some of the world’s most beautiful and most famous paintings and statues.
Michelangelo was born in 1475 in the Italian town of Caprese, near Florence. His family didn’t want him to become an artist. But at the age of twelve, he began to study art with a well-known artist. He learned to draw by copying paintings by other artists. He soon became interested in sculpture, too. At age 21, he went to Rome and began to create the works of art that made him famous. Читать далее Michelangelo
Leonardo da Vinci was an amazing man of almost unlimited interests and talents. He was a scientist, an inventor and a musician. Leonardo was also one of the world’s most famous painters.
Leonardo was born in 1452 in the town of Vinci in Italy. His name means “Leonardo of Vinci”. As a boy, he studied reading, writing, mathematics, and Latin.
Leonardo lived during a period known as the Renaissance. This was a time of renewed interest in art, science, and learning. Leonardo’s father saw his son’s artistic talent and sent him to the nearby city of Florence to study art. Читать далее Leonardo da Vinci
(1799-1852)The art of “the genius Karl”, as Bryullov was called by his contemporaries, was marked by virtuosity in brushwork, unusual mastery in drawing and a brilliant knowledge of the laws of composition.
Karl Bryullov was essentially an adherent of the Russian Romantic Movement. Like the French romantic painter Delacroix he often chose as his theme a dramatic historical event. Читать далее Karl Pavlovich Bryullov
I.N. Kramskoi (1837-1887), the famous painter, was also a publicist, art critic and theorist, the ideologist of the progressive artists of the latter half of the 19th century in Russia.He was also one of the organizers of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions, to which the best of the realistic artists belonged.
Kramskoi was born in Ostrogozhsk, Voronezh Gubernia. As he was the son of a scribe, he had to start working early, and found employment as a retouched in a photographer’s studio. In 1857 he was accepted in the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Читать далее Kramskoi Ivan Nikolayevich
Christopher Columbus was an Italian, the son of a poor weaver. He was born in 1451 in Genoa, an Italian seaport.
From his early childhood he was interested in the big ships and would sit out-of-doors watching them for hours. Читать далее How America Was Discovered
Ernest Hemingway will always be remembered as a writer of prose in which every word had meaning and where nothing was wasted.
The son of a small-town doctor, Hemingway was born in Illinois in 1898. From his childhood he was fond of fishing and shooting-interests, which were to colour his life and work.
Hemingway was educated at schools in America and France. His father wanted him to be a doctor, but he became a newspaper reporter, and then served with the Italian Red Cross as an ambulance driver in World War I. Читать далее Ernest Hemingway
David Livingstone was born in 1813 in a village near Glasgow.
When he was ten years old, he had to take up work at a cotton mill, as the family was very poor. Even at that time David was eager to study. With his first money he bought a book in order to learn to read.
He was particularly interested in nature, and soon he knew the name of every wild flower, bird and animal that he could see around him. He was a great reader of travel books, and they filled him with a great desire to travel and explore. Читать далее Daring Explorers — David Livingstone
Kuinji (1842-1910) was one of the greatest landscapist of the close of the 19th century.
He painted many big canvases in which he created majestic and poetic images of our country. An amazing feature of Kuinji’s work is the breadth of his range: his paintings convey the charm of nature in the north, in the south of the Ukraine, and in central Russia. Читать далее Arkhip Ivanovich Kuinji
A.J. Cronin, a Scottish novelist and physician, was born in Scotland.
He became a doctor, dreaming of his own practice and scientific investigations, but he had to join the military service, and served as a surgeon in the Navy during World War I.
Читать далее Archibald Joseph Cronin
Andrei Dmitriyevich Sakharov (1921-1989) was a distinguished scientist and a great human being. In the modern world heroes are hard to find, but they are essential to the improvement of society.
Andrei Sakharov was one of the best representatives of humankind. He could teach and inspire. His influence was consistent and increasing at the time of his untimely death. Читать далее Andrei Sakharov