Lubok prints form a large section of the Olsufyev collection. The covers of some of the albums still retain the inscription Moscow Pictures. The woodcuts which Olsufyev collected give us an idea of eighteenth-century tastes in non-religious pictures. Here we find the characters of knightly romances and fairy tales, genre scenes and depictions of animals. Current events, the reforms instituted by Peter the Great, are echoed in the picture of the bearded dissenter and the barber.
The dominant part of the collection is made up of copper engravings from the 1730s-70s. They were mainly produced in the Moscow printshop of Ilya Akhmetyev which had twenty presses. The range of secular subjects was very wide: folk tales, fables, historical events, curiosities of various kinds and humorous prints.
The collection is especially rich in religious pictures. Separate volumes are devoted to images of the Virgin Mary, the Saviour and the saints.
Prints & Photographs Collections
Prints & Photographs. Brief Summary