My Favourite Russian Artist is Isaac Ilyich Levitan. Karl Bryullov is one of my favourite Russian painters, too. Ivan Aivazovsky gained a world-wide fame by his romantic paintings representing sea. «The Ninth Wave» is a masterpiece revealing the beauty of the mighty sea on a stormy day.
194. What famous English and American painters do you know?
In the department of English Art in the Hermitage you can enjoy some of the masterpieces of the British painters.
One of the most famous of them is John Constable - an English Romantic painter who is principally known for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, an area near his house in Suffolk which is now known as «Constable Country».
William Turner was a landscape artist whose style can be said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism.
William Hogarth is renowned not only for his portraits but also for the series of paintings with satiric details characterizing English high society, in the 1740s.
Thomas Gainsborough is one of the most famous portrait and landscape painters of XVIII century Britain. In the National Gallery, London, you can see colorful painting «Mr. and Mrs. Andrews» which is a combination of family portrait and landscape, and dark portrait of «Mr and Mrs William Hallett» (‘The Morning Walk’) that exemplifies Gainsborough's mature style.
William Blake is an English poet and painter. His paintings may seem very unusual and fantastic. For example, he depicted Isaac Newton as a divine geometer.
195. Where did you see their pictures?
196. Do you like abstract art?
197. What's the difference between a landscape and a seascape?
198. Can you draw?
199. Have you ever been to the Hermitage in St Petersburg?
200. What art galleries in London do you know?
The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. It is a vast space filled with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Works by masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs can be found there.
201. Are you fond of reading science fiction?
202. Who is your favourite science fiction author?
203. Which of the writers foresaw the flight to the Moon?
Space flight in detail, very close to reality, was first described in the writings of Jules Verne "From the Earth to the Moon" (1865) and "Around the Moon" (1870). These famous duology is an outstanding example of "see through time." It was created 100 years before manned flight around the moon was implemented in practice. But what strikes the most, so it is a surprising similarity between the fictional flight (at Verne — flight projectile "Columbiad") and real (meaning moon Odyssey spacecraft "Apollo-8", which in 1968 made the first manned flight around the moon ).
Both spacecraft — and the literary and real — had crew of three people. Both started in December with the Florida peninsula, the two took to the lunar orbit ("Apollo", however, has made the Moon eight full turns, while its fantastic "precursor" — just one).
204. Which great Russian scientist worked out the theory of space flights and designed the first rocket?
Tsiolkovski is the father of rocket flying. He worked out the theory of cosmic flights. His works later inspired leading Soviet rocket engineers such as Sergei Korolev and contributed to the success of the Soviet space program.
205. What achievements have been made in space exploration?
206. Who was the first cosmonaut?
207. Who was the first man to land on the Moon?
208. Do you think there is life on other planets of the solar system?
209. Do you believe in UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects)?
210. Can you predict the future? What will our life be like in 50 years?
Technology will advance very fast. Humans will rely more and more on machines.
Humans will become redundant in most of the workplaces. There will be less number of languages, customs, and religions. You will share the same holidays with the rest of world.
People across the world will live in identical cities, eating identical food. Rich people will have AI enhanced bodies and minds.
211. What outstanding scientists do you know?
212. What famous inventors do you know?
213. What kind of people are considered to be outstanding? What qualities must they possess?
214. Is it enough to be talented to be called outstanding?
215. Do you agree that computers have completely changed our lives?
216. What possibilities does genetic engineering open?
217. Are you for or against cloning people? Why?
218. Do you think people will live longer in the future? Why?
219. What has man's interference in nature led to?
220. Why do so many species of animals and plants die out for ever?
221. What pollutes and poisons the air?
222. Why are acid rains so dangerous for people?
223. What do you know about the consequences of the Chernobyl tragedy?
224. What should every country do to protect nature and to clean the environment?
225. Is international cooperation necessary to create a system of ecological security? Why do you think so?