Sergei Diaghilev’s “Exhibition of Historic Russian Portraits”

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Abstract

The article treats of the “Exhibition of Historic Russian Portraits” which Sergei Diaghilev organzed at the Tauride Palace, St. Petersburg, in 1905. Reference is made to the precedents to the event such as Nikolai Vrangel’s exhibition “Russian Portrait Painting of the Last 150 Years” of 1902 and to the primary supporters such as Tsar Nicholas II, Alexandre Benois, and the Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich. Key works in the exhibition, especially the 18th century aristocratic portraits, promotiojnal materials, including the catalog, public and critical reaction, installation and design, and the practical role which the exhibiton played in Diaghilev’s professional life as impresaio are also described.

Sergei Diaghilev’s “Exhibition of Historic Russian Portraits”

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The exhibition closed on 26 September 1905although Diaghilev did consider prolonging it until 15 October.

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Vrangel“Portretnaia vystavka v Tavricheskom dvortse” p. 34.

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Sergei Diagilev“Tavricheskii dvorets,” Rus’ (St. Petersburg) 17 September 1905 quoted in Gavriuseva “Arkhitektuno-khudozhestvennyi ansambl” p. 231.

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LifarSerge Diaghilev pp. 156-57.

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Sergei Diaghilev“V chas itogov,” Vesy (Moscow) No. 4 (1905) pp. 45-46.

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Sergei Diaghilev“Vystavka russkikh istoricheskikh portretov,” Mir iskusstvaVol. 7 (1902) p. 34.

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Moskvich (pseud. Vasilii Rozanov)“Moskovskaia vystavka khudozhestvennykh proizvedenii,” Mir iskusstvaVol. 5 (1902) p. 325.

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According to Naumenko“Diagilev—istorik russkogo portreta” p. 113.

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Gavriuseva“Arkhitekturno-khudozhestvennyj ansambl vystavki portretov v Tavricheskom dvortse” p. 232.

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Benois to Diaghilev Summer 1905in A. N. Benua i ego adresaty p. 57.

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    Evgenii Lancéray: Poster for the “Exhibition of Historic Russian Portraits” at the Tauride Palace, St. Petersburg, 1905. Courtesy of Nina and Nikita D. Lobanov-Rostovsky.
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    Cover of Book VI of S. Diaghilev et al.: Katalog sostoiashchei pod vysochaishim ego Imperatorskogo velichestva Gosudaria Imperatora pokrovitelstvom Istoriko-khudozhestvennoi vystavki russkikh portretov, ustraivaemoi v Tavricheskom dvortse v polzu vdov i sirot pavshikh v boiu voinov [Catalog of the Historical-Art Exhibition of Russian Portraits Taking Place under the Patronage of the Imperial Majesty of His Highness, the Emperor, and Organized in the Tauride Palace for the Benefijit of the Widows and Orphans of Warriors Fallen in Battle] (St. Petersburg: Golike and Vilborg, 1905).
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    Photograph of the Hall of Peter the Great at the “Exhibition of Historic Russian Portraits”. Postcard issued by the Society of St. Eugenia, St. Petersburg, 1905.
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    Photograph of the Hall of Catherine the Great at the “Exhibition of Historic Russian Portraits”. Postcard issued by the Society of St. Eugenia, St. Petersburg, 1905.
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    Page from Benois’s copy of the 1905 catalog showing his drawings and comments, Private collection.

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