Work on completing the section of Italian painting has intensified significantly since the late 1960s. The author of these lines, having begun at that time his professional career as the guardian of Italian painting, paid this work paramount attention, considering it important not only to replenish the collection, but also to preserve the monuments themselves in an environment where the collection of works of art was actually banned. Thus, since the late 1960s, the collection of Italian paintings of the Museum has increased by almost one hundred and fifty works, which was about one-third of its former composition. Exhibitions of new arrivals served as a periodic report on the work done (15). Among the early monuments, special attention should be paid to a large composition by Paris Bordone “the Appearance of the sibyl to the Emperor Augustus”, acquired in 1983 from the collection of S. V. Obraztsov, the founder and head of the famous Moscow puppet theater, now bearing his name. Continue reading
Increase of own prestige by means of painting.
Collecting paintings is an expensive and prestigious hobby. Who is the most gambling collector who buys the most expensive paintings? In the first place representatives of the United States, the second-the UK, then France and Switzerland. The richest Russians also often appear as buyers of famous artists.
Statistics on the sale of paintings of the most famous auctions suggest that the most often collectors choose modern painting, also great interest in the famous Impressionists and modernists. Continue reading