On 18 March, the portrait of poet Gavriil Derzhavin by Italian artist Salvatore Tonci will be transferred from the Tretyakov gallery in Lavrushensky Pereulok to the Big Palace at the Tsaritsyno park museum. The painting will be on display there for several months and will complement the permanent exhibition, Catherine II, The Golden Age of the Russian Empire.
Italian artist Salvatore Tonci, who lived in Russia from the year 1795, painted the poet in a rich sable fur coat and a bear fur cap against the background of a winter landscape. The artist followed the instructions that Gavriil Derzhavin expressed in a poetic message.
The portrait hung in the poet’s Petersburg house on Fontanka. After his death in the year 1842, following the instructions of his will, the portrait was left to his wife’s nephew Alexander Lvov who lived in Moscow. In the year 1899, the painting was donated to the Moscow Public and Rumyantsev museums, and in the year 1925, it was then transferred to the Tretyakov Gallery.
The portrait will be returned to the gallery on 10 September this year.