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The Michael's Castle: Idea and Realization Architectural Graphics of the 18th - 19th centuries

17 February - 10 May 2000
Mikhailovsky Castle

Scientific workers of the Michael's castle were preparing this exhibition for two years revealing in museums, archives and libraries of Petersburg and Moscow more than 200 draughts of the Petersburg unique monument as many of them had not been known to research workers. The exposition that was accompanied by catalogue publishing was the first attempt in Russian architectural art history to collect, generalize and present to audience vast complex of graphic and document materials connected with one of the most famous Petersburg monument of Paul I time, with wonderful history and architecture. In the exposition was presented complicated and many-staged history of the castle planning, there were shown unique draughts of the end of the 18th century including works by V. Bazhenov, V. Brennah and other famous architects as well as original sketches of the building plans made by the Grand Duke Paul Petrovich in 1784. Audience will have an opportunity to see architectural model of the building created in the process of its construction and the rarest engraving sketches of the Michael's castle that fixed various project variants of facades' decoration of Paul's residence and that have never been reproduced anywhere before. There were also demonstrated projects of the 19th century that have not been known before - rebuilding of the Emperor's palace for the Engineers' school needs. For the exposition decoration were used some original articles of decorative and applied art from the Emperor Paul I collection that once had adorned halls of the Michael's Castle The exhibition was organized by the State Russian Museum with participation of
  • the State Hermitage
  • the State Reserve Museum Pavlovsk
  • the State Art and Historical Gatchina
  • the State Reserve Museum Peterhof
  • the State Historical Museum of St. Petersburg
  • the Scientific Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts
  • the Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineer and Signal Troops at the Russian National Library
  • the Russian State Navy Archive
  • the State Committee for St. Petersburg historical and cultural monuments control, usage and safety.