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Masterpiece of the Tatarstan State Museum of Fine Arts of Kazan.


The Tatarstan State Museum of Fine Arts is one of Russia's biggest and oldest treasuries of art. The core of the collection came from the archeologist, numismatist and bibliophile A.F. Likhachev. It was first a part of the Kazan Municipal Museum, opened in 1895 (now called the National Museum of the Tatarstan Republic), and in 1959 was made into a museum of fine arts.Today the museum's collection includes more than 25,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and applied art from Russia, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Germany, as well as a small collection of Asian art. Of special interest are specimens of medieval Russian art from the Church of the Assumption in Sviyazhsk, works of the Russian avant-garde, the collection of paintings and drawings of Ivan Shishkin, a native of Elabuga, Russia's largest collection of works of the great artist Nikolai Feshin (a native of Kazan), and works of the father of professional fine arts in Tatarstan, Baki Urmanche. Works by artists of Tatarstan from the 19th and 20th centuries form a special section of the museum.

Works from the museum's collection, including those of the Russian avant-garde, have been shown many times in several Russian museums, including the State Tretyakov Gallery and the State Russian Museum, as well as museums of Germany, the United States, Italy, Japan, Norway, Australia and China, and have been reproduced and published in a number of Russian and international publications.The museum is located in the historical center of Kazan in a beautiful old urban estate, an example of early 20th-century architecture and the former residence of A.G.Sandetsky, a commander of the Kazan military district.

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Taken in August 2009