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Marina Viatkina


I am an art history writer and collecting advisor, co-founder and chief editor of the Smart Art - Art History Escape app, and artist.

Art History Writer


Almost every day I write about arts and culture. Sometimes these are curious short stories on the brilliant paintings of the past and the outstanding artists behind them, the other day I focus on longer stories that then become my culture-inspired video essays.

The full collection of over a thousand stories and over 80,000 carefully categorized artworks, Medieval to Modern, is amassed under my Smart Art - Art History Escape app [free to download on any iOS device].

I expand on art history curiosities and share my hands-on art market experience in my blog. Welcome to subscribe to my newsletter to receive the latest art digest straight into your inbox.

Art Collecting Advisor


An Old Master evangelist myself, I have published a guide for emerging collectors and art enthusiasts.


In recent years, I've been giving numerous consultations on various art pieces that puzzled my readers. Learn more about my practice and feel free to reach out for advice on the artwork you own, would like to buy, sell, or restore, or any other matters related to the art market and art in general.


Other projects

I am also an artist, designer of The Great Collector boardgame, and cofounder of the Connoisseur startup that focused on research and development of machine learning and computer vision technologies for the art market.

My other passion is creating videos for my YouTube channels - the legacy one could be useful for those into art collecting, and my new channel is composed of video essays on various 'history reflecting in culture' topics.

I'm open to private art consultations and public speaking engagements. You can send me an email and follow me on Instagram and Twitter (X).

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