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ARKHANGELSKOYE STATE MUSEUM

ARKHANGELSKOYE STATE MUSEUM
Moscow, Russia
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BACKGROUND

In the 18th century, Prince Nikolai Golitsyn commissioned French architects to craft an elaborate palace and grounds on the outskirts of Moscow. The Arkhangelskoye country estate was finished in 1810, after it was purchased, while under construction, by Prince Nikolai Yusupov (1751-1831), a politician and important art collector. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 1996, Arkhangelskoye was given over to the care of Russia’s Ministry of Culture, which was unable to perform necessary repairs without outside assistance. Several areas of the palace were in danger of collapse, including the theater’s roof and main staircase. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The scenic grounds of Arkhangelskoye hold the original palace, a French sculpture garden with pieces from the 18th-20th centuries, a 17th century church, the 1910 Yusopov mausoleum, and a private theater. The theater still possesses four sets and the curtains designed by Pietro Gonzago, a preeminent Italian architect of the 19th century who is most famous for the Scala sets in Milan. (...)