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The exhibition "New Life of Old Masters" in Moscow: the Pushkin Museum shows what was hidden!

The State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin in the context of a shortage of exhibition space presents wonderful canvases from his collection of his storekeepers. Pictures by Murillo, Kaufman and many other masters lacked the attention of the public - well, we correct the omission at the exhibition “New life of old masters”: it is also a great announcement of future museum territories!The skulls Antonio de Pereda, the Pushkin Museum of Music, provided access to parts of their treasures that had been inaccessible to visitors for a long time. This is one of the largest collections of masters of Spanish, Austrian and German painting of the XVII - early XIX centuries.Diana, caught by ActeonGeorg Gaspar Joseph von Prenner1743, 62 cm “New life of old masters” is the first “swallow” of a large-scale project - the creation of the Gallery of old masters. The opening of the gallery is planned in 2019 in the building of the Vyazemsky - Dolgorukov manor, which will become the main exhibition venue for the whole museum town.
Six thousand square meters - the area of ​​the expected art space, where the paintings that "did not fit" in the permanent exhibition of the museum will be presented. And the collection of the museum is quite impressive - these are pictures of the greatest artists of the XIII - beginning of the XIX century of all the main European schools of painting.Penitent Mary MagdaleneEl Greco (Domenico Theotokopuli) 1578, 156.5 × 121 cm “This collection is the heart of our museum. And it certainly needs a new, special space, ”says the director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Pushkina Marina Marina - this is a view of the landscape, which depicts the sea. Also, marines are concrete paintings or sea engravings. The word "marina" (ital. Marina) is derived from the Latin marinus - marine. Read more Loshak.

In order not to languish in anticipation of the completion of the construction work of the museum town, a premonitor exhibition was organized with a whole set of masterpieces: “Self-portrait with the Muses” by Angelica Kaufman, “John the Baptist” by El Greco and many other canvases.

The museum is especially proud of the paintings by Spanish masters: Esteban Murillo, Valdés de Leal, Antonio Pereda, Jusepe de Ribera, Francisco de Zurbaran. Thanks to such a collection of canvases, all visitors to the exhibition are provided with a unique opportunity to see what Spain lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Religious plots on the canvases of the masters of the time is a characteristic feature.Escape to EgyptBartolomé Esteban MurilloIn the "Spanish" hall you should pay attention to the canvas of the follower of Hysepe de Ribera "Saint Jerome".

Although the picture was painted by a follower of Ribera, it has the same special details as the original canvas. In those days, the Inquisition flourished and every stroke of a canvas on a religious theme had to strictly comply with church canons. Therefore, even imitating the already known canvas, the students had to be extremely attentive.

Fruit shop saleswoman Bartolome Esteban Murillo 1660, 61 × 76 cm

Draws the attention of the canvas by Juan de Valdez Leal, the circle "Jesus with the attributes of the Passion of Christ." Little Jesus is depicted surrounded by instruments of torture, which he will be subjected to in the future - the plot is not only creepy, so is its "non-standard." The terrible torture arsenal on the canvases of masters more often surrounded the adult Christ, and the sweet child, who is predicted of his inevitable fate, is an even stronger spectacle. A crown of thorns on my knees, a wound, and a clear look turned to the angels ... This canvas is more than a symbol.

After dark shades and religious subjects of Spanish artists, visitors enter a more relaxed secular space. The section of the German-Austrian artists opens with an impressively sized painting “Self-portrait Self-portraits were written not only by portrait painters. Knowledge of the world through the study of his own image is widespread among the masters of the brush of all time. Read more Portrait is a realistic genre depicting an existing person or group of people. 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 further with the muses (allegories of music and painting) ”by German artist Angelika Kaufman. Angelika Kaufman became the first woman academic of the arts. She was not only a successful "craftswoman" in her homeland, but also a favorite of all the Russian nobility. Notable persons often ordered portraits from the Germans, fashionable in those days, an impressive scale "from floor to ceiling." Her creativity was fascinated and Gabriel Derzhavin, who devoted her one of his poems.Self-portrait with muses (allegories of music and painting) by Angelika Kaufman1792In the German painting hall, interesting canvases by Stefan Kessler and Johann Georg Platzer are presented. Pictures are entertaining with their fantasies - riddles. For example, on the canvas “The Gallant Society in the Park” Kessler painted buildings invented by the author. In those days, the Middle East was little known to the Western world, and the artists simply thought out the details themselves to depict some scenes. The same story is with the picture of Platzer “Parable about the one who came to the feast in bad clothes”: the temple without a roof, a large number of people who celebrate - all this, as historians say, has little to do with the reality of that time.The parable of those who came to the feast in bad clothes Johann Georg Platzer1737, 116 × 90 cm The exhibition “New life of the old masters” provides access to the previously hidden treasures of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. You can see the masterpieces from the museum’s storerooms until May 17 at the address: 12 Volkhonka Moscow.
The title picture, The Blessing Baby, by Francisco de Zurbaran, is presented as an exhibition poster.