Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fine Arts (Painting) - The Treasure of the National Art Museum

These three striking paintings from National Arts Museum of the Republic of Belarus featured in a mini sheet issued by that country on November 28th, 2007.
The paintings (from left to right) are: -
1. Kshishtov Veselovskiy (1636), by an unknown painter.
2. Grizeli Sapega(1632), by an unknown painter, and of
3. Alexandra Marianna Veselovskaya (1640), also by an unknown painter.
The National Arts Museum is the biggest museum in the Republic of Belarus. The collection was started in the first decades of the 20th century. During World War II the Nazi plundered the museum. The fate of the collection remains one of the greatest mysteries of the twentieth century. During the post-war period, due to the enthusiasm and dedicated work of the museum's workers, it was reconstructed. In 1957, the Art Gallery was renamed and moved to the new building. In 1999, the museum received its national status. Nowadays there are more than 25,600 exhibits.

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