National Museum of the Republic of Bashkortostan opened the exhibition “From the Renaissance to Art Nouveau. Masterpieces of artistic silver from the collection of the State Historical Museum” on August 31.
As Bashinform News Agency was informed in the press service of the Ministry of Culture, the exposition presents unique monuments of Western European artistic silver of the 16th-20th centuries from the collection of the precious metals fund of the Historical Museum. Beautiful works reflect the peculiarities of the artistic development of Western European jewelry art, as well as changes in style and fashion in the everyday culture of that time. The exhibition features more than 80 items that take visitors back in time, allowing them to travel through space and time.
The scientific secretary of the State Historical Museum, Olga Sirotina, noted that the project is being implemented with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation as part of the Great Exhibition cycle.
Olga Sirotina also emphasized that it was especially pleasant to open the exhibition on the eve of the significant anniversary of Ufa and the 160th anniversary of the main museum of Bashkortostan.
Each exhibition section is devoted to a separate chronological period and the corresponding artistic style. Thus, in the exposition, you can see the works of German masters of the late 16th - early 17th centuries, with the balance of proportions characteristic of the late Renaissance, the harmony of symbolic and artistic forms and ornamental constructions. Whimsical baroque compositions replace them with plot biblical and mythological scenes or lush floral ornaments.
Exquisite works of French and English masters of the Rococo era represent the middle of the XVIII century. The refined luxury of rococo is followed by classicism's strict simplicity and geometric forms.
Products of French masters of the late 18th - early 19th centuries were distinguished by strict symmetry and an abundance of gilding, characteristic of the Empire style. The work of European masters of the 19th century demonstrates an interest in the artistic styles of past eras and the study of their national traditions.
The exhibition is completed by works with sinuous smooth lines and stylized ornamental motifs characteristic of the Art Nouveau style.
The exhibition will run until November 19, 2023.