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    'PORTUGUESE' PAINTING BY KARL BRYULLOV RETURNS TO RUSSIA

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    MOSCOW, February 12, 2004. (RIA Novosti). On Friday Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov will participate in the ceremony of the return of Karl Bryullov's painting "Pico Fort on Madeira" to the Tretyakov Gallery from Portugal.

    This picture by the great Russian artist was discovered by Tretyakov Gallery's official Tatiana Bekhtiyeva in a private collection on Madeira, said the press and information department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    This small picture (65x75 cm) painted from nature features a view of the mountains and Pico fort situated at their foot. The author considered this work unfinished. However, it was regarded as a special value revealing new facets of Bryullov's talent. It was believed that Karl Bryullov drew only water-color landscapes. This painting shows one of the artist's first foreign impressions.

    Bryullov presented the sketch painted in 1849-1850 to his doctor Da Silva before his departure from Madeira. The picture has never left the island and has not been shown to the public. It had only two owners and has never been restored.

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