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The mu­seum was opened on the 100th anniversary of the Patriotic War of 1812. It was based on the examples of the plaster cast museums at European universi­ties. Director I.Tsvetaev often visit­ed other countries including Greece and Egypt and made exact co­pies of statues of Roman emper­ors, fragments of Greek temples, portals of Roman and gothic cathedrals. He received great help: for example, R. Klein, a museum architect, decorated the facade with antique ionic columns; archi­tect F.Shekhtel presented the mu­seum with moulds of the Pergama altar of the 2nd century A.D. M.Shchekin, a diplomat and col­lector, presented works by old Ita­lian masters of the 15th – 16th centuries. Egyptologist V.Golenischev donated his collection of old Egyptian art to the museum. In 1932, the museum was renamed the State Museum of Fine Arts, and it was honoured to bear the name of A. Pushkin on the 100th anniversary of the poet's death. At present the collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts con­stitutes more than 500.000 works of art - paintings and sculptures, graphic art, decorative art, archaeological monuments and numismatic items, and photogra­phy. The museum has one of the most representative collections in Russia of foreign art dated from ancient times to modern days. The exposition of the museum includes a vast collection of tinted plaster casts of famous ancient, medieval and Renaissance sculp­tures and the collection of original works of foreign artists, sculptors and graphics together with ob­jects of decorative arts. In 1991 the Pushkin State Muse­um of Fine Arts acquired the sta­tus of the "Institution of particu­larly valuable cultural heritage of the Russian Federation ".


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