From the 14th of February till the 17th of March, 2013 the Museum of the Russian Fine Arts Academy will host an extensive exhibition “Inspired by Italy”.The exhibition brings together highlights from three centuries: watercolors made by Russian architects and paintings and drawing created in Italy by Art Academy’s best students during the 18th, 19th and 20th century are to be found in the Titian Hall. These art works are fascinating because of their high professional skills, attention to details and thoughtful reflection on ancient architectural monuments. The Pantheon, The Arch of Titus, St. Paul'sCathedral, the highlights of the “Eternal City of Rome”, Pompeii and miraculous Venice have inspired artists for several centuries. Russian architects, such as N. I. Martos, A. T. Durnov, A. P. Brullov, A. M. Gornostaev, G. I. Kotov and others admired Italian ancient architecture. But they also paidattention to Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Byzantium art and thearchitecture of Cecilia and Ravenna often were the subject of artistic interest. The exhibition visitors will have a unique chance to see and admire works from the collection of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum that exhibited very seldom, for instance, architectural watercolors that are very sensitive to light. Except the architectural sketches and drawings one will find at the exhibition works by A. P. Losenko, P. I. Sokolov, woodcuts by A. P. Ostroumova-Lebedeva and etchings by V. D. Falileev. The projects for the Russian venues of the International Exhibitions in the year 1911 in Rome by architect V. A. Shchuco and in 1914 in Venice by architect A. V. Shchusev, will be shown for the first time.
The Blue Hall of the museum will host works by the 20th century artists like A. A. Mylnikov, Y. M. Neprintsev, A. A. Pokrovsky and V. F. Kholuev. Their main themes were Vatican panoramas, views on the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine and the villa of Abamelec-Lazarev in Rome, cityscapes of Florence and landscapes of Lucignano.
All the exhibited works are donated by the artists to the Academy of Fine Arts Museum.
The Raphael Hall will host works by current teachers of the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Repin. These works have been also inspired by Italy. This part of the exhibition is very extensive – from works by Professor O. A. Eremeev to pastel works by the student Svetlana Gracheva.