An exhibit dedicated to some of the best known actresses of the late 19th and early 20th century opened on April 28 at the Museum of Theatrical and Musical Arts in St. Petersburg, the information agency Oreanda reports.
The exposition, which is called “Beauties of the Russian Theater: Beauty without Photoshop,” includes photo portraits of ballerinas Anna Pavlova and Mathilda-Marie Kschessinskaya (Mathilde Kschessinska), actresses Vera Komissarzhevskaya, Tamara Karsavina, Anastasia Vyaltseva and many others. In total, 16 famous stage performers are highlighted in the exhibition.
The exhibit is laid out in the manner of a photo salon of the early 20th century. However the museum also presents a number of theater accessories associated with the great actresses as well as tributes from their admirers.
The Museum of Theatrical and Musical Arts boasts an archive of nearly a quarter of a million photographs and negatives, presenting a very intricate, full and elaborate portrait of theatrical life in Russia.
© Russkiy Mir. 01 May, 2012