The second mezzanine floor is home to the separate museum exhibition The english Residential Interior (19th-Early 20th Centuries). The main aim of the exhibition is to show the complex of objects that come together to form the furnishings of the interior. This includes furniture, works of decorative and applied art, sculptures and objects of everyday life dating from that period, without which it is impossible to imagine the residential interior. The exhibition also attempts to illustrate the stylistical evolution of the english interior over the entire course of the nineteenth century. The resulting exposition was created after a painstaking study of the wide iconographic material, archive documents and extensive memoir literature.
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DRAWING ROOM, 1840s
The Drawing Room, 1840s (130 Kb)
The romantic craze for medieval and Gothic art in the 1830s and 1840s was also reflected in the furnishings of the interior. The forms and decor of the furniture and the portraits on the windows are all stylized in imitation of medieval specimens. This imitation was, however, purely external and decorative, with little understanding of the basic ideas of the Gothic style. Stained glass was, for example, introduced into the pseudo-Gothic screen, thereby intensifying the sensation of a secretive and enigmatic Romantic interior. The motifs of the medieval masters were copied in decorative and applied art (works of glass, porcelain and ceramics) as well as in sculpture and painting. Such interiors were very fashionable with members of the St Petersburg aristocracy.
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