The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum of European art in Moscow.
The museum’s current name had no direct associations with the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, other than as a posthumous commemoration of his name and fame when it was renamed in his honor in 1937, on the 100th anniversary of his death.
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- “Bucentaur’s return to the pier by the Palazzo Ducale” by Canaletto
- Priam’s Treasure
- “Seagulls, the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament” by Claude Monet
- “Not to work” by Paul Gauguin
- “Horse Attacked by a Jaguar” by Henri Rousseau
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“Bucentaur’s return to the pier by the Palazzo Ducale” by Canaletto depicts the Doge’s golden vessel, the Buccentoro returning to the pier during a prestigious Venetian Festival. The busy canal with its gondolas crowding in on the festival is contrasted with the splendor of Venice. In exquisite detail, we can see St Mark’s Cathedral, the arcades of St Mark’s library, the gothic lace of the Doge’s palace, the long granite columns and the palazzos.
The Diadem from “Priam’s Treasure” at the Pushkin Museum is part of what became called the “Treasure of Priam” discovered in the ancient site of Troy, which is in modern-day Turkey. Ancient Troy was the setting of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle, in particular in the Iliad, one of the epic poems by Homer. “Priam’s Treasure” is a cache of gold and other artifacts discovered by Heinrich Schliemann in 1873. The objects are spread across multiple museums.
The Houses of Parliament by Claude Monet is one in a series of paintings of the Palace of Westminster, home of the British Parliament, created during the early 1900s while Monet stayed in London. All of the series’ paintings share the same viewpoint from Monet’s terrace at St Thomas’ Hospital overlooking the Thames and the about similar canvas size. They depict different times of the day and weather conditions.
“Not to work” by Paul Gauguin depicts two young Tahitians passing the time idling in a hut smoking. Through the window, we can the artist painting outdoors. The painting symbolizes the relaxed, natural, and contemplative lifestyle of the Tahiti islanders compared to Gauguin’s need to creat. Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and a style that was distinctly different from Impressionism. He spent the last ten years of his life in French Polynesia, and most of his paintings from this time depict people or landscapes from that region.
“Horse Attacked by a Jaguar” by Henri Rousseau is jungle paintings depicting a Jaguar attacking a white horse painted with meticulous care. The horse stares transfixed in a strange contrast of white against lush green. Rousseau’s fantastic scenes heralded Surrealism and were built up meticulously in layers, using a large number of green shades to capture the lush abundance of the jungle.
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Photo Credit: By Минеева Ю. (Julmin) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons