Amber in the Art of the 17 – 18 centuries

Over a long period of time, beginning from the late Stone Age till the Renaissance epoch the techniques of amber treatment were improving, the art-works acquired intricate design, which led to the flourish of artistic amber treatment in 17-18 centuries.

The section houses the exhibits of three groups: the works by old masters, given as gifts to the Amber Museum by the Armory Museum of Moscow Kremlin; recreated works and replicas of 17-18 centuries; still lives.

Exposition of this section gives the concept of different amber treatment techniques, kinds of amber articles, artistic styles in European and Russian Art in the course of two centuries.

In 17-18 centuries amber was highly valued. Very skillful gold-smiths, stone-cutters, bone carvers were making amber art works. The old masters were working with amber on the analogy of valuable wood, ivory, tortoise-shell, nacre and so on, using them as plastic materials. Each of these articles was of unique character.

The section is completed with the materials, devoted to the Amber Room.

All the techniques of artistic amber treatment, comprehension and implementation of all the potentials of this stone, which we discussed, examining the exhibits of this section; were realized in the masterpiece of the artistic treatment of «sun-stone» – Amber Room.