Saint-Petersburg in architectural drawings and models. XVIII-XIX centuries.

The unique collection of architectural models is the pearl of remarkable architectural collection, which began in the XVIII century, in the first years of the Academy and its Museum.

Modeling skills came to Russia from Europe, where the creation of particularly complex and significant structures in the middle ages often used models made of wood, which gave a complete picture not only of the spatial composition of the future building, but also of its internal structure and interior decoration. After construction, the model was usually stored in the building for which it was made. In St. Petersburg, these original works of architecture were transferred to the Academy of arts “for the benefit of students”, future architects who studied here, along with painters, sculptors and engravers. This is the world’s only collection of design models.