20 January 2020
massive conservation project that saw 20 paintings of the Belsky
family of artists undergo comprehensive restoration has now been
completed for the exhibition The Art of the Belskys, which opened at
the Russian Museum’s Mikhailovsky Castle on 6 February 2020.
The exhibition was
originally planned as a display of the works of just one artist,
Ivan Belsky, and was to contain 11 of his paintings from the Russian
Museum and 10 more on loan from other museums.
At some point, the
exhibition curators decided it would be a better idea to introduce
audiences to the oeuvre of all three Belsky brothers – Ivan,
Aleksey, and Yefim – all of whom enjoyed fame and glory during their
lifetimes, only to be completely forgotten after their death. The
works of Ivan’s son Mikhail would also be displayed.
The exhibition’s list
was enlarged accordingly, to include a total of 35 works – 20 from
the Russian Museum and 15 more from the State Hermitage Museum and
the Tretyakov Gallery...>