Exhibition "Aristocratic portrait in Russia of the XVIII – early XX century"

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27.02.2019 - 18.08.2019

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Exhibition complex of State Historical Museum



Aristocratic portrait is an important part of the Historical Museum collection. Portraits of the representatives of ancient Russian families and new nobility were created by the best Russian and foreign painters "for posterity..."

Rich Historical Museum collection allows you to plunge into the past — "history in persons". The gallery of 120 portraits presented at the exhibition was formed mainly of the family portraits of princes Kurakins, Golitsyns, Baryatinskys, Dolgorukovs, Shakhovskoys, ancient families of Naryshkins, Glebov‐Streshnevs and other representatives of the nobility.

Among the authors of the represented works there are outstanding Russian masters, F. S. Rokotov, D. G. Levitsky, V. L. Borovikovsky, V. A. Tropinin, fashionable French portraitists of the mid XIXth century, Ch. Müller, F. К. Winterhalter, brilliant Russian virtuosos of the saloon portrait of high society, K. E. Makovsky and I. K. Makarov, classic of Russian aristocratic portrait — V.A. Serov.

The exhibition will present the only one in Russian museums’ collections portrait of Count S. P. Zubov, painted by famous Parisian portraitist Giovanni Boldini. You will see high artistic quality copies of non‐preserved portraits of Counts Saltykovs painted by L. E. Vigée‐Lebrun and of Count Razumovsky portrait by P. Rotari.

For the first time the entire series of portraits of princes Shakhovskoy‐Golynskys, painted by artist F. A. Tulov in 1810–1820, will be on display. It comes from the White Kolp estate of Moscow province. Count A. P. Bestuzhev‐Ryumin portrait of 1757–1758, the only famous work of talented portraitist Ivan Rodionov, will undoubtedly generate considerable interest. It was acquired by the museum in 2015 and will be presented with a video series, demonstrating different stages of research work and restoration of this rare Russian painting school portrait.

The exposition is accompanied by sculptural portraits and photographs of manor interiors.

Paintings of the private collection of A. G. Yegorov will be presented at the exhibition.