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.
Restoration of the Painting and Its Original Frame. Konstantin Makovsky. National Fête During Shrovetide on Admiralty Square in St Petersburg
23 february—17 april 2023
The exhibition in the Garden Vestibule of the Mikhailovsky Palace is dedicated to the restoration of a large-scale painting National Fête During Shrovetide on Admiralty Square in St Petersburg (215 х 321 cm) by Konstantin Makovsky and its original frame.
Images of St George the Victorious in Old Rus. In Memory of Tatyana Vilinbakhova
22 december 2022—13 february 2023
The exhibition spotlights old Russian icons, wooden sculptures, personal sacred objects and jewellery created in various places and at different times, yet sharing the same theme. St George is one of the most highly venerated saints in Russia. His image is viewed as symbolic of Russian history. “St George and the Dragon” is the most frequently recurring subject in the Russian St George iconography.
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