The country estate Arkhangelskoye is a wonderful monument of Russian culture from the end of the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century. The estate is widely known for sublime beauty of the palace and park ensemble and its splendid collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, pieces of applied art, and also rare books.
In 1820s, the Arkhangelskoye had been already a popular and attractive centre of high life and art visited by Russian emperors, noblemen, politicians, famous poets and political writers, as well as more general public. It is no coincidence that the estate of Yusopov was categorized as a Moscow site. G. de Laveau, the author of "The Description of Moscow" published twice in 1824 and 1835, wrote that Arkhangelskoye was a magnificent village combining everything that could give charm to leisure activities of a nobleman.
"Everything is wonderful here: the palace situated on the plateau and a regular garden adjacent to greenhouses. Magnificent alleys, beautiful green carpet and many flowerbeds endow the garden with the stately appearance decent for an imperial house," wrote G. de Laveau. The author of the article noted that Arkhangelskoye was rich in beauty of local nature and also remarkable for the choice of the art works it collected. After the estate became a museum, it managed to preserve many of its treasuries.
Today, the museum collection numbers over 50,000 items including works of visual and applied and decorative art by Russian, European, and Oriental craftsmen of 17th to the first half of the 19th centuries, rare books in foreign and Russian languages, manuscripts, old photographs, and documents.
The collection of rare books is the largest one. It comprises 16,000 volumes and is a unique example of an estate library of the early 19th century.
The collection of applied and decorative art works numbers several thousands exhibits and includes unique things of Russian and West-European origin such as bronze, furniture, china, glass, and textile. The interiors of the Empire Palace are based on this collection.
The collection of works of art is also quite extensive.
The collection of paintings includes works by West-European and Russian painters of the 17th to the 19th centuries and numbers more than 400 exhibits. Guests of the estate are always impressed with the exhibited works by such eminent painters as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Anthony van Dyck, Francois Boucher, Hubert Robert, and Pietro Rotari.
The collection of drawings numbers about 3,000 sheets. The collection of sculptures comprises marble statues, bronze plastics, and pieces of carved stone. The estate collection is quite typical for imperial and large noble collections of the 18th – 19th century Russia.
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