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Photo album of Yusupov princes

Unknown author.
N. and F. Yusupov on sleds next to their Moscow palace.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate Scherer, Nabholz & Co.
Parlour,
1868–1869
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate Karl Bergamasco.
Portrait of Z. N. Yusupova.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate Scherer, Nabholz & Co
Parlour,
1868—1869.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate Otto.
Portrait of Z. N. Yusupova.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate Hayman Seleg Mendelssohn.
Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia, born Princess Elisabeth of Hesse-Darmstadt,
1888.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate Unknown author.
Picture from a photo album of Arkhangelskoye. View of the terraces and southern façade of the palace,
1896—1897.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate Unknown author.
Picture from a photo album of the Yaroslavl Governorate and Arkhangelskoye. 
Left photograph: Princess Zinaida Nikolayevna Yusupova Countess Sumarokova-Elston, with her sons Nikolai and Felix.
Moscow Governorate. Ilyinskoye Highway,
1903.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate Unknown author.
Picture from the photo album ‘Krasnoye Selo’.
Interior of the study in the summer palace of the Princes Yusupov in Krasnoye Selo. Fragment.
Late 19th — early 20th centuries.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate Unknown author.
The artist V. Serov painting a portrait of Prince F. F. Yusupov Count Sumarokov-Elston, with a horse
Tsarskoye Selo,
1909.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate Unknown author.
Picture from a photo album of Arkhangelskoye. Large kitchen in the eastern annex of the palace,
1896–1897.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate F. P. Orlov.
Summer palace of the Princes Yusupov in Koreiz. View from the southwest,
1880s.
Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Unknown author. N. and F. Yusupov on sleds next to their Moscow palace. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Scherer, Nabholz & Co. Parlour, 1868–1869 Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Karl Bergamasco. Portrait of Z. N. Yusupova. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Scherer, Nabholz & Co Parlour, 1868—1869. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Otto. Portrait of Z. N. Yusupova. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Hayman Seleg Mendelssohn. Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia, born Princess Elisabeth of Hesse-Darmstadt, 1888. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Unknown author. Picture from a photo album of Arkhangelskoye. View of the terraces and southern façade of the palace, 1896—1897. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Unknown author. Picture from a photo album of the Yaroslavl Governorate and Arkhangelskoye. Left photograph: Princess Zinaida Nikolayevna Yusupova Countess Sumarokova-Elston, with her sons Nikolai and Felix. Moscow Governorate. Ilyinskoye Highway, 1903. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Unknown author. Picture from the photo album ‘Krasnoye Selo’. Interior of the study in the summer palace of the Princes Yusupov in Krasnoye Selo. Fragment. Late 19th — early 20th centuries. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Unknown author. The artist V. Serov painting a portrait of Prince F. F. Yusupov Count Sumarokov-Elston, with a horse Tsarskoye Selo, 1909. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Unknown author. Picture from a photo album of Arkhangelskoye. Large kitchen in the eastern annex of the palace, 1896–1897. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

F. P. Orlov. Summer palace of the Princes Yusupov in Koreiz. View from the southwest, 1880s. Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate

Moscow, 17.05—23.06.2019

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The Photo album of the Yusupov princes

17 May 2019 — 23 June 2019

Corporate trustee of the museum: Nornickel

The Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow and the State Arkhangelskoye Estate-museum present an exhibition of photographs from the unique family archive of the Yusupov princes, marking the 100th anniversary since the museum estate was founded.

The collection of photographs at Arkhangelskoye is only a part of vast properties belonging to the Yusupov princes and Sumarokov-Elston counts that were dispersed among major museums and archives in Russia after the Revolution. It includes the work of eminent photographers from the first half of the 19th to early 20th centuries such as L. Lacroix, A. Pasetti, D. Asikritov, S. Levitsky, C. Bergamasco, H. Denier and K. Bulla, encompassing practically all the modes of photography that had appeared by the 1900s: portraits, landscape, views and genre photography. The MAMM exhibition incorporates more than 150 photographs from the 1860s to 1910s, illustrating the life of one of the most famous and noble families in the Russian Empire.

The Yusupovs owned palaces in Moscow (Bolshoi Kharitonevsky Lane), St. Petersburg (on the Moika and Liteiny Prospekt), Tsarskoye and Krasnoye Selo, Koreiz, Paris (the villa in the Parc des Princes), Lower Brittany (Château de Keriolet), etc. However, their favourite family estate was just outside Moscow at Arkhangelskoye, named after the Michael the Archangel Church built there in the 17th century.

The architectural and park ensemble of the estate was formed under the Golitsyn princes, and from 1810, when ownership passed to the Yusupov princes, Arkhangelskoye became a centre of artistic and social life. During the summer months illustrious relatives, friends, representatives of the creative elite and important personages in the Russian Empire would visit the Yusupov estate near Moscow.

In memoirs penned in emigration and published in Paris, Felix Yusupov the younger writes: «I had many plans that would undoubtedly have been realised had I not been obliged to leave my country. I dreamed of making Arkhangelskoye a centre of the arts, having built a whole series of dwellings nearby in the same style for artists, musicians, writers and actors. There would have been an academy, a conservatoire and theatre. I would have turned the palace itself into a museum, reserving several rooms for future exhibitions.»

In the early 20th century photographs of the Yusupov princes’ aristocratic residences often featured in the magazines ‘Capital and Estate’, ‘Old Years’ and ‘World of Art’ and were even printed as postcards, allowing all those interested to learn of one of the largest collections of fine, decorative and applied art, as well as fashion trends in interior décor design. The Yusupov mansions were a focus of attention due to their splendour and magnificence, and the family collections preserved therein were a subject of study for scholars. These photographs now comprise part of the MAMM exposition.

A special place in the exhibition is reserved for the portrait gallery that introduces us to family members of the Yusupov princes. The photographs of Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova, one of the most beautiful high society ladies in the Russian Empire, deserve particular attention. Following a longstanding family tradition, the princess was involved in charity work. As a member of the committee to establish a Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow she donated some 50 thousand rubles to creating the museum’s Roman Hall.

The Yusupovs spent autumn in their Crimean estate at Koreiz. Built on the mountainside, the house was single-storeyed to the north, but on the west and south sides it became a three-storey residence that emerged like a cliff above the park sloping down to the sea. Over time its architectural appearance altered. Society life continued even here, due to the proximity of the tsar’s Livadia Palace and the numerous summer residences of the grand dukes. After the February Revolution in 1917 Koreiz became a place of refuge for the Yusupov family until their final days in Russia. On 13 April 1919 the Yusupovs and the Empress Maria Feodorovna left their homeland forever on the battleship Marlborough.

From the will. St. Petersburg, 31 May 1900.

«We, the undersigned Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov the Count Sumarokov-Elston and Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova the Countess Sumarokova-Elston, for ourselves and for our under-aged children Nikolai and Felix, hereby express our intention as follows. In the event of sudden cessation of our kin ... all our movable property including collections of objects of fine art, rarities and jewels amassed by our forefathers and us and kept at our houses in St. Petersburg (Moika 94) and Moscow (Tryokhsvyatitelsky Lane near Krasnye Vorota) and at our Arkhangelskoye estate near Moscow will be bequeathed to the State for preservation of these collections within the confines of the Empire, to meet the aesthetic and scientific needs of the Fatherland.

... We express our full confidence that the secondary heirs of our estates to whom, apart from what we have bequeathed to the State, a rich heritage will be left, will gladly comply with this our will for the benefit to the Fatherland, as an age-old memorial of the extinct family of Yusupov princes.»

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