State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»

16 January 2019

 “An artist’s life continues in all his creations, that all together form a separate museum, testifying to the spiritual greatness of the devoted heart of the town’s true son.” Ol’ga Arshakuni, an architect, Yuriy Spegal’skiy’s wife.

Dear visitors of Izborsk Museum Reserve,

We would like to invite you to attend the exhibition of autolithographies created by Yuriy Spegal’skiy (June 3, 1909 – January 17, 1969), an architect, a restorer, an artist and a connoisseur of Pskov architecture. The exhibition is located in Merchant Belyanin’s house in Izborsk (Pechorskaya str., 39).

The exhibition features autolithographies created by Yuriy Spegal’skiy in 1960-s. The visitors will see the picturesque parts of Pskov, The Trinity Cathedral, Gremyachaya Tower, Men’shikov’s Chambers, Dovmont’s town of Pskov Kremlin, churches and other historical and architectural objects.

Every autolithography is accompanied by a detailed description of the author.

Yuriy Pavlovich Spegal’skiy had a great interest for Pskov history and architecture since his childhood. He dedicated a lot of time to drawing old buildings in Pskov, took part in the reconstruction and restoration of Pskov monuments of civil architecture. In 1941-1942 in the blockaded Leningrad Yuriy Spegal’skiy created a series of drawings–reconstructions of ancient Pskov monuments giving it a name “Pskov in the 17th century”. An exhibition of these drawings was organized in 1944. The drawings were greatly appreciated by specialists: Spegal’skiy turned to be not only a knowledgeable historian and restorer, but also a wonderful graphic artist.

When the war was over Yuriy Spegal’skiy created a general project of restoration of Pskov, where many buildings had been demolished during the war. He contributed greatly to the establishment and development of the architectural appearance of the town. Thanks to his persistence and dedication the cultural and historical environment of the town, that had been forming for many centuries, was preserved. 

A new meeting of the historical club “Izborsk Friday”, dedicated to the artistic heritage of Yuriy Spegal'skiy will take place on January 18 at 14:00 p.m. in Izborsk (Pechorskaya str., 39).

We will be happy to see  you in Izborsk!

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