Museum of V.A. Tropinin, together with the Alexander Vasiliev Foundation, opens the exhibition "Antique Embroidery".
The exposition will feature embroidered paintings, fireplace screens, fans, wallets, bags, ink devices.
Fine and ornamental embroidery, embroidery with pearls, beads and glass beads - things of the 19th century. from the collection of the V.A. Tropinin and the Alexander Vasiliev Foundation. The oldest form of applied art - embroidery - originated in the East.
Embroidered items are present in the form of images in ancient bas-reliefs, frescoes, sculptures that have come down to us from the times of ancient civilizations, such as China, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt.
If we talk about a time closer to us, then, of course, Byzantium was considered the birthplace of secular and elegant embroidery, which existed in Russia in the 18th - 19th centuries.
But since the era of Peter I, the noble society in our country was carried away by Western European designs for embroidery, invented in France and Germany. The art of embroidery itself can be divided into several sections according to the technique of execution.
The first is silk embroidery, often using the smooth surface technique, the second is wool embroidery, namely, with yarn thread using the cross or half-cross technique - what is commonly called “Berlin work”. The third section is embroidery with beads, which was especially characteristic in the 18th and 19th centuries.
“The founder of our Museum, the Soviet collector Felix Vishnevsky, collected not only paintings, but also beadwork, embroidery, antique furniture.
We are very pleased to present to the public exquisite works of decorative and applied art from the funds of the Tropinin Museum, and it is a special pleasure for us to cooperate in this project with one of the leading collectors of our time, the fashion historian Alexander Vasiliev,”emphasized Olga Zhuravleva, Director of the VA Museum. Tropinin.
Embroidered paintings take a special place in the exhibition space. The work "Jacob learns about the death of his beloved son Joseph" repeats the lithographs popular in the second half of the 19th century from a painting by the French painter Charles Antoine Coypel on a biblical subject. Lithographs of this kind were often published in illustrated Bibles.
Fashion historian and collector Alexander Vasiliev will present a number of unique exhibits, including an embroidered portrait of Alexander I.
“As a collector, I started collecting embroidery very early. Even at a fairly young age, my attention was attracted by embroidered fireplace screens, pillows, paintings, wallets, wallets, ball books, cup holders, handbags, sonnets, and glassware … accessories. " - Alexander Vasiliev, collector, art historian.
For visitors, the exhibition will run from October 31 to January 17, 2021.
According to the press service of the V.A.Tropinin Museum.