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From Russ to Russia – dolls collection


Boyar, Boris Godunov, Boyarinya and Maria Skuratova-Belskaya

Anastasia Chizhova’s gallery presented a unique porcelain dolls exhibition – From Russ to Russia. Every doll is very colorful and lively.
Olina Wentzel was dolls’ “mother”. Her works are shown in museums and exhibitions. Also awesome dolls were bought for private collections in Moscow, Amsterdam, New York, Venice, Paris, Copenhagen. The Royal Houses of Europe, the Churchill family, Mireille Mathieu, Paul McCartney and many other celebrities have Olina’s porcelain ladies and gentlemen in their collections.
The exhibition From Russ to Russia was dedicated to Russian rulers and historical figures.
I’d like to tell you some words about Olina.
Olina Wentzel was born on December 2, 1938 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
She was a Russian theater painter and was awarded the honorary title Master of the museum doll.

In 1961 she graduated from the Leningrad Textile Institute (now the State University of Technology and Design, St. Petersburg GUTiD).
From 1962 to 1995 Olina was an artistic director of the historic costume (movies: And One More Night of Scheherazade, The Siege, In the Airport, etc.).
In 1986, the artist began to work on the creation of porcelain dolls in historical costumes.
Today Wentzel’s works are widely known not only in Russia but also in Europe and America. One of the largest collections of her dolls is in Anastasia Chizhova’s gallery, Moscow.
For more than 20 years, Wentzel had created hundreds of dolls. Among them there are dolls depicting historical personalities. Each of them attracts attention not only with an accurate portrait likeness, but also luxurious outfits.
Most of her works are based on the world of literature: the plays by William Shakespeare, the poetry by Alexander Pushkin, the fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson and others.
Olina Dmitrievna died on November 17, 2007.

From Russ to Russia – dolls collection