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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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Alexander Myasoyedov. Carnival in Rome

Alexander Myasoyedov. Carnival in Rome

12 december 2019—10 march 2020

The exhibition allows to observe the creation history of this work and to identify the depicted persons, and also to plunge into the festive atmosphere of "The Eternal City" of the time the painting were created.

Mikhail Nesterov. Holy Russia. Restoration

Mikhail Nesterov. Holy Russia. Restoration

18 october—25 november 2019

The exhibition will present a painting by Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov (1862–1942) “Holy Russia”, the complex restoration of which was completed in the Russian Museum, as well as photo and video documentation of the restoration works.

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