Portraits of Russian Tsars
II part 12.06–09.09.2007
The exhibit introduces the wider public to the portraits of the Russian czars and their family members from Estonian art collections—in paintings, graphic art, sculpture, as well as applied arts. The portrait gallery starts with an effigy of Rurik, Russia’s ancient ruler, although it focuses primarily on the rulers from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, or those, during whose reigns Estonia was part of the Russian Empire.
Rococo in Estonia: Gottlieb Welté (1745/49–1792)
Gottlieb Welté is the most important artist, who worked in Estonia in the late 18th century, but until now neither Estonia nor his hometown Mainz possessed a comprehensive overview of his output. The exhibition “Rococo in Estonia” is the first international summary of Gottlieb Welté’s work. The basic milestones of his career have been reconstructed, although there still remain many white areas and question marks. His works, accomplished mostly in small format, represent rococo and transition to early classicism. In Estonia, he painted figural staffages on large Põltsamaa landscapes and depicted Estonian peasants in the 1780’s; in Mainz and Frankfurt-am-Main he was known mostly as an etcher and a landscapist. Welté was a typical artist of the Enlightenment – pensive, developing and nonconformist.