In 1819-1821 Pavel Mikhailov
(1786-1840) took participation in the expedition of F.Bellinsgauzen and
M.Lazarev that opened the sixth continent - Antarctica, and in 1826-1829 - in
the expedition of M.Staniukovich and F.Litke that was sent to explore the shores
of Bering Sea and the central part of Pacific Ocean. The artist had fixed in
his album the discovered lands, views of towns and villages. Also he created
the portraits of aboriginals and thoroughly depicted the examples of exotic
flora and fauna. The water colours and drawings by Pavel Mikhailov (among them
are many sketches) are distinguished by the high reliability and exactness in
depiction of nature. Many drawings have author's inscription, often with the
indication of date of execution and geographic coordinates.
The exposition includes about
100 water colours and drawings from the collection of the Russian Museum that
owns the unique collection of the works that are of great interest to the
specialists of different professions - art-critics, geographers, ethnographers.
The materials of first expeditions are presented together with the lithographs
for the Trips of captain Bellinsgauzen in South Ledovity Ocean during
1819, 1820 and 1821 years book, and various things that were bring by the
expedition of F.Bellinsgauzen.
The exhibition is organized by the State Russian Museum in
collaboration with Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography named after Peter the
Great (Kunstkamera, St. Petersburg) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and
Russian National Library
exhibition is supported by Severstal