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Russian museum director who exposed Soviets to hidden masterpieces dies at 98

The Guardian – December 1, 2020 Andrew Roth

A longtime museum director dubbed the grande dame of the Russian art world has died at 98, prompting an outpouring of grief and admiration for the woman who brought the Mona Lisa to Moscow and returned masterpieces hidden for decades from the Soviet public to her museum’s exhibition halls. English.

To watch Irina Antonova’s three-part series of interviews about The Leiden Collection exhibition at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts with Dr. Thomas Kaplan and Dr. Lara Yeager-Crasselt, click here for part 1part 2, and part 3.

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