Lithuanian Art Museum presents an extensive collection of Lithuanian and international art, based on a number of private collections and donations.
The Vilnius Picture Gallery (4 Didžioji), the main branch of the museum, is housed in the 17th century Chodkeviciai Palace. Reconstruction of the palace in the 19th century created a typical classicist façade and an authentic 19th century interior decor preserved to the present day. Alongside the permanent exhibition, the gallery features a display of medals, portrait miniatures, landscapes of the old Vilnius, portraits of famous residents of the city, etc. The permanent exhibition covers Lithuanian painting, sculpture and graphic art dating from the time between the 16th and 20th centuries. The painting collection mostly includes portraits of noblemen and clericals of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (16th - 18th centuries) and works from Lithuanian churches and monasteries. The collection of 19th century art consists of works by teachers and graduates of the Vilnius Art School. Alongside Lithuanian art, the gallery features works by Western European and Russian masters, from Lodovico Carracci, Bartholomaeus Spranger, Jan Fyt and Meindert Hobbema, to Vassily Perov and Isaac Levitan. The museum also owns a large collection of graphic art featuring works by Lithuanian, Western European and Japanese artists; a collection of 20th century Lithuanian painting and sculpture; a watercolour and pastel painting collection and a photograph collection dating from the second half of the 20th century to the present day. The gallery also hosts temporary exhibitions and concerts on a regular basis.
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