Latvian National Museum of Art by Maksims Ter-Oganesovs
The Latvian National Museum of Art is a platform that provides an opportunity to get full information on the development of visual and decorative art in Latvia and the world. Due to its unique vision and rich material, the museum has become an integral part of the Latvian identity, as well as an absolute value in the context of world museums.
The history of the National Art Museum of Latvia, like the history of most of Riga’s museums, is associated with the name of the physician and traveler Nikolai Gimsel. The Museum of Gimsel was donated to the city of Riga in 1773, and in 1816 its part, which was a collection of works of art, was allocated to a separate “art room”. Today, the museum collection contains many paintings and engravings that were included in this collection.
In 1866, the Riga City Hall acquired a collection of paintings by Domenico de Robiani, and this event formed the basis for the creation of the Riga City Art Gallery, which was opened to the public in the Riga City Real School (now 1 Riga State Gymnasium, 8 Rajna Boulevard) in 1869 In 1870 was founded the Riga Society for the Promotion of Arts (Kunstverein). Both of these organizations served a common purpose – to popularize art, organize art exhibitions and promote the development of art in the Baltics. However, for a long time for this the city did not have permanent premises.