It was established in the late 1840s by the architect V. Sobolshchikov, the curator of the Art Department. The collection was closed to new material in the 1860s; that is, no more works were to be added to it.
The German school, numbering 2,216 items, is mainly represented through woodcuts and metal engravings of the 16th - 18th centuries by artists of the Renaissance period, most notably Albrecht Dtirer, Lucas Cranach, Barthel Beham and Hans Burgkmaier and others. The Russian part of the collection comprises only 382 items. These are mainly, engravings from the second half of the 18th – early 19th centuries and lithographs of the 1830s – 1840s.
The works by little-known printmakers form a separate section, prints by unknown engravers are arranged by subject.
Prints & Photographs Collections
Prints & Photographs. Brief Summary