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Russian Art of the XVIII Century

Louis Caravaque. Portrait of the Tsarevna Anne Petrovna and the Tsarevna Elizabeth Petrovna. 1717. Oil on canvas.
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The exposition of Russian art of XVIII century is chronologically organized and presents the main stages and trends of Russian art of this time. One part of the display is dedicated to the time of Peter I and focuses mainly on the names of Ivan Nikitin and Andrei Matveyev, the greatest portraitists and leaders of the secular Russian art of this time. Genre of portrait of the middle and second part of XVIII century is presented by such artists as Ivan Vishyakov, Alexey Antropov, Ivan Argunov, Fyodor Rokotov (Portrait of Grand Duke Paul Petrovich in childhood, Portrait of countess Yelizaveta Santi etc.), Dmitry Levitsky (the “Smolyanki” series of seven portraits of students of the Educational Society of the Noble Maidens attached to the Smolny Institute), Vladimir Borovikovsky (Portrait of Yekaterina Arsenieva, Portrait of Olga Filippova, Catherine II Promenading in the Tsarskoye Selo Park). Of great interest are the works by Anton Losenko, who established the genre of historical painting in Russian art (Abraham’s sacrifice, Vladimir and Rogneda etc.) The exposition of XVIII century also includes works of art by the greatest sculptors of this period – Carlo Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Feodosy Schedrin, Ivan Prokofiev, Mikhail Kozlovsky, Fedot Shubin. Specific place is given to the examples of Russian decorative and applied art of this epoch – furniture, chandeliers with rock crystal, mosaics from Lomonosov’s workshop, tapestries of St Petersburg manufacture etc.

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Dreams of Universal Flowering

Dreams of Universal Flowering

14 september—20 november 2017

The exhibition at the Russian Museum is aimed to present for the first time the complicated and multisided situation of the first decades of XX century. The exhibition will comprise around 100 artworks added by the historic documents and literary materials by the poets and writers of that period.

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Art of the Decorative Institute in Petrograd

Art of the Decorative Institute in Petrograd

17 august—20 november 2017

The exhibition will present the propaganda art of the first years after the 1917 Revolution. The agitation art of this time was truly mass and embracing different aspects of everyday life. The core part of the exhibition is the production of the Decorative Institute which functioned in Petrograd-Leningrad in 1918-1926.

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