The painting by Arkhip Kuindzhi, Ay-Petri. Stolen and then returned to the exhibition in the Tretyakov Gallery. Crimea ”returned to the Russian Museum in the halo of glory.
“Now this is probably the most famous painting by Kuindzhi after his“ Moonlit Night on the Dnieper ”,” said Galina Krechina, a leading researcher, museum curator at a meeting with journalists about the return of the canvas to the State Russian Museum.
“Ai-Petri. Crimea ”was stolen in front of the visitors of the Tretyakov Gallery from the artist’s retrospectives at the end of January of this year. Thanks to the recordings from the surveillance cameras, the thief was installed and found on the same day, he told the investigators where he had hidden the picture, and within a few days “Ai-Petri. Crimea ”reappeared in the Tretyakov Gallery.
In his native Russian Museum, Kuindzhi's painting, which had been kept in storerooms before and only occasionally participated in temporary exhibitions, returned to the glory of fame. Now, only lazy, speaking of the Russian Museum and the artist Kuindzhi, does not remember the theft of "Ai-Petri".
And the picture got new clothes: the Tretyakov Gallery gave her a special protective and anti-reflective glass. At the meeting with the press, employees of the State Russian Museum stressed that glass is very expensive and is the only one in the museum. In the 1980s, after the attack on Rembrandt's “Danae” at the Hermitage Museum, the State Russian Museum began to close its masterpieces with glass. But the glass of that time harmed the paintings more than protected them. They distorted the image, prevented to see the painting. And soon this idea was abandoned for aesthetic reasons.
Painting "Ai-Petri. Crimea "entered the museum in the 1930s, during which time it was never seriously restored, because, according to experts, it was in good condition. And even now it does not inspire fear to restorers.
The fate of the picture will decide the restoration council, which will be held this month. Now the State Russian Museum plans to make an exhibition of one painting - “Ai-Petri. Crimea "for a while will take place in the museum hall. At this and all subsequent exhibitions, the picture will always be exhibited behind the protective glass presented to it.
The museum shop quickly responded to the dramatic events in Moscow and released a whole series of souvenirs with the image of Ai-Petri. Now, visitors to the Russian Museum can buy T-shirts, bags and even kitchen aprons with a pattern of blue Crimean mountains.