The collection of graphics of the State historical and cultural museum-preserve “The Moscow Kremlin” is tightly related to the history of the Moscow Kremlin, its monuments, architectural buildings and exhibits, preserved inside the Kremlin’s walls. The graphic fund is rather young. In 1961, it became a part of the science archive which, besides documents, included architectural graphics and graphic materials executed on the paper base. At the moment, the collection of graphics numbers more than 5000 items dated from the XVIIth to the 90s of the XXth century. There is a wide variety of the materials in the collection – from drawings, water-colour sketches and drafts to gravures and lithographs. The views of the Moscow Kremlin and images of its numerous monuments are prevalent among them. The collection of water-colours and drawings of antiquities of the Russian State, created by F.G. Solntsev is the biggest author’s collection. It includes over 1400 artworks of the painter and archeologist, created between 1830 and 1840. The collection of architectural graphics numbers more than 2000 exhibits. They are mainly drafts of the Moscow Kremlin - plans, facades, sections, measures of cathedrals, palaces, walls, towers and other constructions, some of which have not survived. The authors of these drafts and drawings are the famous architects of the XVIIIth-XIXth centuries, such as V.I. Bazhenov, M.D. Bykovsky, P.A. Gerasimov, I.V. Yegotov, I.L. Mironovsky, F.F. Richter, V.P. Stasov, K.A. Ton, D.V. Uchtomsky, N.I. Chichagov, N.A. Shochin and others. There are more than 500 drafts of the 1940-1970s among the architectural materials of the fund which belong to the auxiliary science fund.

The water-colour sketches and drawings were painted by such artists of the XVIIIth-XIXth centuries as F.Y. Alexeev, V.M. Vasnetsov, I.A. Weis, V.S. Sadovnikov, K.A. Uchtomsky. Among the materials on restoration of the Kremlin’s cathedrals there are about 50 drawings on calque painted from the murals of the Annunciation Cathedral created by the artist N.M. Safonov in 1884.

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