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MARTIN FERDINAND QUADAL The Coronation of Paul I and Marie Fyodorovna

4 november 2004—16 january 2005
The exhibition devoted to the 250th birthday anniversary of Paul I presents the painting by Martin Ferdinand Quadal The Coronation of Paul I and Marie Fyodorovna from the Alexander Radischev Museum (Saratov), as well as works form the collections of the State Russian Museum and the State Hermitage, and the materials from the funds of the State Russian Historic Archive, the Russian National Library, and the Russian Institute of the History of Art, related both to the very event of the Emperor's coronation and to how the painting was created and has existed from there on. Martin Ferdinand Quadal chose the brightest moment of the ceremony that was going on in the Cathedral of Assumption in the Moscow Kremlin on the 5th of April 1797 for his painting. Apart from being of considerable historic value, the painting is also of great interest, being the group portrait of the royal family and the first statesman. To depict the characters, the artist used the already existing portraits, which are also showcased at the exhibition. It has not been possible to "personificate" all the participants of the ceremony. Apart from the main characters - the Emperor with his wife, the both Grand Dukes, and Platon Levshin, the Metropolitan of Moscow - one can easily distinguish (due to a vivid resemblance) the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Alekseyevna, the Grand Princess Alexandra Pavlovna, the Prince Nikolai Saltykov, the Count Fyodor Rostopchin and some others. Many of characters can be distinguished according to the role they played in the ceremony (the Prince Alexander Bezborodko, who carried the Big Emperor's Crown on a red morocco cushion, the Prince Nikolai Yussupov - the supreme marshal of the ceremony, the Grand Princesses Elena Pavlovna and Maria Pavlovna, the Grand Duchess Anna Fyodorovna and others). The first time that 'the wonderfully composed painting with figures' had been shown to the public was in 1804, exactly 200 years ago, at the first Martin Ferdinand Quadal personal exhibition in Russia, which was organised in a 'painting shelter' on Nevsky Prospekt.
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Valaam: 200 years in Russian Painting

Valaam: 200 years in Russian Painting

15 november 2019—13 january 2020

The exhibition for the first time unites the valuable collection of paintings of the New Valaam Monastery (Finland) and works from the Valaam Monastery (Russia). Works on Valaam theme from the State Russian Museum and private collections are also part of the exhibit of more than 70 works.  

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Konstantin Somov. On the 150th Anniversary of Birth

Konstantin Somov. On the 150th Anniversary of Birth

8 august—17 november 2019

The exhibition is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Konstantin Andreevich Somov, one of the greatest masters of Russian art of the first half of the twentieth century, a prominent representative of the artistic movement "World of Art" ("Mir Iskusstva").

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