The exhibition "The Treasures of the Barons de Shoduard" in Kiev: European masterpieces of the 16th-19th centuries!

Sometimes, in order to see the wonderful paintings of European masters of the XVI-XIX centuries, it is not necessary to go to Europe: it is enough to come to the exhibition “Treasures of Barons de Chaudouard” in the Kiev Museum of Western and Oriental Art. Barbarians and Bogdan Khanenko. Presented 38 works from the collection of the Zhytomyr Museum of Local Lore - paintings by world-famous masters of the world: Annibale Carracci, Luca Giordano, Matias Stomer, Alexander Roslin and others.Christ and the Samaritan Woman Luca Giordano1684 “The Treasures of the Barons de Shoduard” is the third exhibition in the framework of the project “European Vimir” (“European Dimension”), which was founded in 2012. The first two exhibitions of the project “100 masterpieces from 9 museums of Ukraine” and “Three masterpieces of classical art from museums of Italy” were a great success. The current exposure is no exception.In general, when you realize that the world-class paintings are stored in the regional Ukrainian museum, along with a sense of pride, there is a bewilderment why few people know about these treasures ?! Meanwhile, the Zhytomyr Museum has a rich collection of Western art. In 2010, the museum was closed for major repairs, and the paintings remained in the halls of the museum, so many of them were damaged. Kiev Museum. Khanenko selected works for this exhibition: first of all, those that were in a catastrophic state of preservation and demanded immediate restoration. The staff of the Kiev museum carried out tremendous work to prepare this exhibition: all the paintings were studied and investigated, attribution checked, many works were restored, and many mysterious plots were deciphered.

One of the masterpieces of the exhibition - two paintings by Matias Stomer "Archangel Michael" and "Virgin Mary" on the plot "Annunciation"

On the masterpieces of the exhibition, about the project itself and the problems of Ukrainian regional museums, says deputy. Director for Research of the Museum of Western and Eastern Art. B. and V. Khanenko and exhibition curator Elena Zhivkova.

- Elena Viktorovna, visitors are amazed at what they saw at the exhibition: please tell us about the de Shouduarov meeting. - The exhibition presents mainly works from the de Chaudoure collection, but also remarkable exhibits from other private collections in Volyn, for example, from the collection of the Ilyinsky graphs. It was a Polish magnate and a Russian courtier, who in his estate in Ivnitsa gathered a wonderful collection of works of European painting. Some came to him as gifts from three generations of monarchs, starting with Elizaveta Petrovna. The descendants of the Ilinsky graphs, the Stetskys, continued to collect the collection, bringing wonderful works from Western Europe. In general, everything is not as surprising as it seems at first glance: there were many European monuments in Ukraine, because the richest estates were on the fertile Ukrainian land, and Russian courtiers and magnates, many of whom were from Ukraine, built estates and they were decorated with works of art by European artists. After the revolution, all these things hit the Zhytomyr Regional Museum of Local Lore, and today they are worth attention of the widest public.The Holy Family on the Road to Egypt These two portraits were commissioned by Johann Batista Lampi the Younger regarding the wedding of Baron Stanislav de Chaudouard and Heloise in 1814. The baron belonged to the circle that, on the one hand, patronized art, and on the other hand, enjoyed its fruits. De Shoduard not only collected his collection, but also turned to Lampi, a famous portrait painter, instructing him to write canvases and create their picture gallery.- Elena Viktorovna, and what pictures would you personally highlight at the exhibition?
- There are 38 works in the exhibition, and this is what is called the first names in the history of European art, from the XVI to the XIX century: Luca Giordano, Matias Stomer, Paris Bordone, Anniballe Carracci, Francesco Trevisani ... Each of these paintings, I I have already said, and I do not get tired of repeating it, I could hang in the Louvre, in the Rijksmuseum, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art ... - The remarkable “Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people who exists in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more patricians "Jacob-Ferdinand Fut we made the" face "of our exhibition (title photo). The picture of Adrian van Newland “Vanity of vanities” depicts a mysterious plot, which we completely unraveled. This picture was dark and incomprehensible to the modern viewer. No one understood what was happening there until we explored and discovered each image. The seductive lady on the throne personifies the vanity and transience of earthly life. Her attributes are a glass ball topped with a cross, and a mirror is a symbol of pretense and vanity. The beehive next to it on the throne means the sweetness of earthly pleasures, and children playing with soap bubbles remind of the Latin saying “homo bulla”, which means a person is a bubble whose life is very short.Vanity Adrian van Newland І1653

- Dutch painting is close to me personally, because it is a subject of my specialization. For example, Karel Slabbert's painting “Portrait of the Artist's Wife” is absolutely incredible in quality!

- Pay attention to this still life of Christian van Khyol: the only known today is a subscription work of a beautiful, very fine Dutch Dutch still life painter of the 17th century.

The exhibition also presents a sculpture - a wonderful series of "The Seasons" by Quintilio Corbellini - an Italian master of the 19th century.“These 38 works that we show at the exhibition are only the most“ cream ”of the collection, and in the funds of the Zhytomyr Museum there are so many beautiful things that need to be studied and restored. In general, Ukraine has a huge problem with the works of European art, since usually these collections have not been studied and popularized. In the former Soviet Union, we had two court museums - the Hermitage and the Museum of them. Pushkin. Funding went to these museums: catalogs were published, these works were published and widely known. And unfortunately, no one has been particularly involved in the collections of so-called provincial museums, especially in Ukraine. But in fact, there is much more truly high-quality painting than in other museums in Russia. I do not take into account the Hermitage, because the Hermitage is a state in the state and a collection of all-Russian emperors. By the way, there are also many works from Ukrainian museums, in particular from our museum. There was such a policy: in the center of all! We sent pictures to the exhibition, they were not returned to us, but sent letters (they are stored in our archive), that the pictures are of great value and they cannot be stored in the provincial museum. European cultural policy is just the opposite: it is based on each city had its own museum with a worthy collection. All the museums in the provincial European cities - they are beautiful, each has its own shrines, each has a wonderful collection. And this, by the way, contributes to the development of tourism: it is possible, for example, to go to Delft to see some painters, to go to The Hague - to see others ... Alas, this is the right policy never in the Soviet Union or Ukraine in all the years of its independence supported. We created the “European Dimension” project precisely in order to show the public on the metropolitan stage what Ukraine possesses with colossal, incalculable and, unfortunately, little studied wealth in the field of European art. e sculpture and applied art, we just do not know that the store! Unfortunately, we never had a school for the study of European art. Today it exists only in the largest museums - in ours, in the Lviv Art Gallery and in the Odessa Museum of Western and Oriental Art. Still, the study of our Ukrainian foundation leaves much to be desired, because there are very few specialists in this field. And such exhibitions as the current one are designed to show that we keep a part of the common European cultural heritage. - At the exhibition “Treasures of the Barons de Shoduard” many things were laid: we show this exhibition in the way that is common in European museums, and we comply with European standards in all.

- First, each picture is provided with a label with very important information. We write the name of the author and the name of the picture in Ukrainian and give the Latin transcription of the name so that you can find the artist in the world reference literature. To avoid problems with schools, we indicate in which city the artist was born and where he died. Be sure to write the name of the restorer - the person who revived this picture. It is very respectful and also gives information about when the restoration was carried out, which is also very important. Further, visitors see information about the “origin of the painting, from which collection this work is. And, of course, we accompany her with a comment.

- All this is absolutely necessary, since our audience is not as familiar with the history of European art as we would like. For example, our European art course is not included in the program of colleges, although it is necessarily present in the program of each college in any country in Europe. We were, in general, cut off from this cultural context and are now bringing it closer to our viewers. We represent the artist and the work, reveal its value and history. First, we write a few words about the artist, about what is depicted, how it was made, what is the artistic merit of the work. All this should fit into several sentences. Well, we have been preparing this exhibition for a very long time and have done a lot of work. We will transmit all the prepared and submitted information to the Zhytomyr Museum and hope that our Zhytomyr colleagues will continue to work in the same way. We set the standard and offer to do it in a certain way, because in this sense our museum is a methodical center in Ukraine on Western art. The Zhytomyr Museum will open soon and the exhibition will show works from the current exhibition “The Treasures of the Barons de Shoduard”, but a lot of things in the museum still waiting for their pioneers and caring hands of restorers. This is another application for the reservoir of unexplored treasures and “unopened” miracles that are kept by museum collections in Ukraine today, and will be stored until we do them, and we will not invest as much money in cultural institutions as it invests their European Union. Thank you to Elena Viktorovna for an interesting story and we wish you a successful continuation of the European Vimir project, the purpose of which is to acquaint the audience with the collections of regional museums. Let's hope that soon our museums will be able to show their “new old” treasures and become real cultural centers, where they lecture on art, conduct classes with schoolchildren and students, bringing up a new generation of erudite, educated, comprehensively developed people. Exhibition “Treasure Barons de Shoduar "opened in the Museum of Western and Eastern Art. Bogdan and Varvara Khanenko at the address: Kiev, st. Tereshchenkovskaya 15−17, and will last until November 30. The copyright of photographs of paintings belong to the Zhytomyr regional museum.