Page 10, 21st January 1938

21st January 1938
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Page 10, 21st January 1938 — Russian Art Treasures in National Gallery

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Locations: Paris, St. Petersburg


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Russian Art Treasures in National Gallery

The National Gallery is at present exhibiting some splendid Rembrandts from the Hermitage now owned by M. Guhelkian, of Paris.

The Hermitage, one of the foremost art collections in Europe, was assembled by the Czars and housed in the fine building of the Imperial Hermitage in St. Petersburg, whence it is named.

Many of the masterpieces have been disposed of " on the quiet," since the Revolution, partly to America (the Mellon collection), partly to various dealers.

It was a boast of the Soviets that they lavished much intelligent care upon the " monuments of culture," and the preservation of museums; they never spoke of their brisk traffic in anything that could be disposed of for the coveted " valuta (foreign currency).

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