The Russian Museum has prepared an exhibition commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Alexander Benois. Rarely exhibited paintings and drawings made at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries are showcased.
Historical and genre paintings, landscapes, sketches, drafts for theatre sets and costumes are displayed, a spokesperson for the St. Petersburg Committee for culture told Saint-Petersburg TV Channel. Most of them are unfamiliar to art lovers as they are too fragile to be exhibited often. The works on display reflect the versatile interests of the artist, who was inspired by old theatre and Italian comedy, the epoch of le Roi Soleil Louis XIV and traditional French ceremonies. Several rooms showcase paintings and drawings depicting Versailles, part of the exhibition showcases book illustrations by Benois. The exhibition will be open till March 9.