Epoch of Empress Elizaveta (Elizabeth) Petrovna is one of the periods of Russian history that are usually estimated as controversial. On the other hand, this was the time of bright flourishing of Russian culture and rich development of architecture, painting, graphic arts as well as art collecting, initiated by Peter the Great and continued by his daughter Elizaveta. The exhibition in St. Michaels’ Castle will present more than 150 art pieces by various artists that were active during the time of her magnificent reign. The core part of the exhibition is formed with the works by Georg Christoph Grooth (1716-1749) – one of the most prominent representatives of the rossika art (works of foreign authors who worked in Russia), whose 300th Anniversary is celebrated in 2016.
Georg Christoph Grooth has become the founder of the Russian portrait school of the Modernity. He has considerably influenced the formation of the leading Russian painters such as Alexei Antropov, Dmitry Levitsky, Fyodor Rokotov. The exhibition will comprise around 150 works of art from the collection of the Russian Museum and several other museums of Russia; among the works on display are 40 paintings by Russian and foreign artists, over 50 graphic pieces and around 60 objects is applied art. The exhibition is organized with participation of the State Hermitage Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, State Historical Museum, Moscow Kremlin Museums, St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, Russian Academy of Sciences Library, Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, Peterhof State Museum Reserve, Tsarskoe Selo State Museum-Preserve, Gatchina Estate Museum, The State Museum of the Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan, State Museum of the Fine Arts of Nizhny Novgorod, Orel State Museum of the Fine Arts, Tallinn City Museum, Art Museum of Estonia, Narva Museum and private art collectors: Mustafaev N.S. (Moscow), Mironov M.V. (St.Petersburg), Grigoryanz S.I. (Moscow), Karisalov M.Yu. (St.Petersburg), Weizman Yu.I. (Munich)
The Russian Museum expresses gratitude to all institutions and persons who took part in preparing the exhibition.
The exhibition is supported by Sistema Charitable Foundation.
18 march—10 may 2020
February 26, 2020, marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of Emperor Alexander III, whose name was given to The State Russian Museum in April 1895. Special mention is made of Alexander III's merits in museum construction and art education, which was due to his undoubted passion for history and fine arts.
6 february—9 march 2020
Belsky brothers (Ivan (1719-1799), Alexey (1729-1796) and Efim (1730-1778)) were the greatest masters of the painting team of The Chancellery (later The Office) of buildings of Her Imperial Majesty. For more than half a century they performed the most responsible painting work commissioned by Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great.
The collection of masterpieces, chosen by the Russian Museum will allow you to make a first impression of the collection of the Russian Museum.
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Virtual tour of the museum complex. 2009 (Rus., Eng., Ger., Fin.)
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