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Commemorating the bicentenary of the French invasion of Russia of 1812 (also known in Russian as the Patriotic War of 1812), the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve holds May 16 through September 16, 2012, an exhibit curated by the collector and art historian Sergei Podstanitsky, with over 300 works of painting and applied decorative arts from private collections of Moscow and St Petersburg.

Moscow collectors are represented by Tatiana Alekseyeva and Anatoly Gostev, Sergei Vasiliev, Andrei Kusakin, Sergei and Tatiana Podstanitsky, Mikhail Tsapkin, David Iakobachvili, and the Russian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Yuri Yepatko and Victor Lebedev represent St Petersburg collectors.

Among the highlights of the exhibit are:

- Portrait of Emperor Alexander I by George Dawe (the creator of the War Gallery of 1812 in the Winter Palace);

-  Watercolour portrait of Pavel Bourtsov, a 1812 war hero, by Aleksandr Vitberg (the first designer of the neoclassical Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, a monument to the Russian resistance in the 1812 War);

- Engraved portraits of the war generals by Henry Edward Dawe and Thomas Wright;

- Glass Goblet with silver and gems from the collection of General Count Matvei Dmitriev-Mamonov.

Also on display:

Painted and engraved battle scenes from the War of 1812 and the Russian Army’s abroad missions of 1813-14, watercolours and miniatures depicting the war heroes and contemporaries, and other memorabilia from the epoch.

Exhibition will run May 16 through September 16, 2012, in the 2nd floor halls of the Alexander Palace, 10.00–18.00 (last entry 17.00) daily except Tuesdays and the last Wednesday of each month.

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