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The unknown collections of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts

From the 22nd of April, 2015 the Titian hall of the Art Academy’s Research museum will host an exhibition “The unknown collections of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts”. The highlights of the exhibition are paintings, sculptures and graphic works from the Imperial Art Academy collections which remained unknown to public and connoisseurs.

As a rule, each department of the Art Academy had its own collection. It usually consisted of the best works created by the students and marked with silver or a golden medal. These works later served as examples of fine work for the future generations of artists. In addition, for educational purposes the Art Academy used to acquire art pieces by famous and celebrated Russian and foreign artists. These collections were not considered to be a part of the museum. On the contrary, having been placed directly in the workshops, they served as live examples to follow. After the Art Academy’s reorganization in 1893, its division into small departments was dismissed. These departments’ collections were transferred to the museum institution. However, the tradition of collecting best works by the students of the newly appeared departments shortly flourished again.

The exhibition will run until the 31st of May, 2015


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