The collection of Italian paintings is one of the most important sections of the Museum’s art gallery: it has more than five hundred and fifty works and chronologically covers the entire period of development of one of the leading European schools of painting. Of these, the permanent exhibition presents no more than two hundred, and those that are stored in the vaults of the Museum, remain little known, both to the General public and specialists.
Italian painting has a special place in the history of the Pushkin state Museum of fine arts (GMII), because it began with the formation of his art gallery. The founder of the Museum Ivan Vladimirovich Tsvetaev, who conceived the idea to create a Museum of casts of works of classical sculpture at Moscow University, even before its opening, came to the conclusion about the need to include originals in the exhibition, primarily paintings. Continue reading