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Stroganoff Museum

A summary of the techniques used in Russia’s baroque 18th century Stroganoff museum. The Stroganoff Museum was reminiscent of the Frick Collection here in New York.

Pierre Finkelstein wrote about his visit to the Versailles Palace during the annual salon event, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A VISIT BY PIERRE

HISTORY

The Stroganoff’s were Russia’s most influential and wealthy family whose entrepreneurship was significant within the patronage of the arts. The family’s first home was built originally in a baroque manner in the early 18th century. Their reign grew and by the late 18th and early 19th c., they recruited architect, Andrei Voronikhin, to refurbish the entire Stroganoff palace transforming the place into a refined, neoclassical interior style.

After the October Revolution in 1917, the Stroganoffs left Russia. Subsequently, the Soviets nationalized the palace and turned it into a museum fairly recently after ongoing a large restoration. Today, the museum adorns a decadent ‘Empire Style‘ and spectacular works of trompe l’oeil as well as paintings of masters such as Sandro Botticelli and Anthony Van Dyke.

THE MUSEUM

The style of the trompe l’oeil is immensely clean and simple. It is renovated work and has a bit of a dryness to it but it is very efficient and legible from a far, just like theatre work.

Featured work has techniques of trompe l’oeil, TL ornament, polychrome, scagliola faux marble, restoration, and more.

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