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Serpukhov History and Art Museum description and photos - Russia - Moscow region: Serpukhov. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photos and a map showing the nearest significant objects.
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The Serpukhov Museum is recognized as one of the best regional museums in Russia and is famous for its magnificent collection of easel paintings by Russian and Western European masters, works of famous sculptors, as well as works of applied art.
The building of the museum (originally the Marayevs' mansion) was designed by the academician of the Petersburg Academy of Arts R.I. Klein. Next to the museum is the Old Believers Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos of the Old Pomorsk-Fedoseevsky Consent, built in 1912 by the architect M.G. Piotrovich.
The museum collection is based on a collection of works by Italian, French, Flemish and Dutch masters , as well as Russian portrait painters of the 17th-18th centuries, the manufacturer and merchant of the 1st guild Anna Vasilievna Maraeva, acquired in about 1896 from the Moscow collector Yuri Vsevolodovich Merlin, a passionate collector of ancient monuments. The sources of the collection were mainly the Moscow and St. Petersburg antique markets.
The museum was created in 1920 as a result of the nationalization of Maraeva's property. In Soviet times, the collection was supplemented with art objects seized from the estates of the Serpukhov district, as well as exhibits from the First Proletarian Museum. It includes monuments of art from the mansions and estates of the Orlov-Davydov, Sollogubs, and Prince Vyazemsky counts.
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