The Finnish National Gallery: Sinebrychoff Art Museum

As a disclaimer: These photos were taken during a visit in September 2017, so this post may not be representative of this site today.


Sinebrychoff Art Museum

The Sinebrychoff Art Museum, also part of the Finnish National Gallery (which includes the Kiasma and the Ateneum), is responsible for holding its old European Art collections, ranging from the 14th to the 19th centuries.

Måns Schjerfbeck by Helene Schjerfbeck

The building was constructed in 1843 by Nikolai Sinebryukhov, a Russian businessman whose brewery, Sinebrychoff, operated on the premises until 1992 while the man himself lived on Suomenlinna.

Portrait of the Artist’s Father by Carl Albert Edelfelt

His brother’s family lived in the house, and his nephew, Paul, began an art collection. After being appointed head of the company in 1904, he continued collecting objects with his wife, the actress Fanny Sinebrychoff, and in 1921, they donated it to the Finnish government. Though originally not kept in the house, the donated collection returned to it in 1959, and when the building opened as a museum in 1980, pieces from the Ateneum joined it.

Otherness (Self-Portrait) by Ulla Jokisalo
Portrait of a young Lady at knee-length by Lucas Cranach the Elder

The collection is comprised primarily of old European paintings, divided into 10 collections. It also contains prints, drawings, silverware, sculptures, clocks, and antique furniture.

Self-Portrait by Louis Lagrenée
Portrait of the Actress Ida Aalberg by Akseli Gallen-Kallela

About half of the building also serves as a historic house museum, preserving and displaying the 19th century estate of the Sinebrychoff family.

Katharina Friederike Wilhelmine Benigna, Duchess of Sagan by Josef Grassi
Gustav III by Lorens Pasch The Younger
The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine by Giovanni Battista Crespi
Lucretia by Lucas Cranach the Elder
The Holy Family by Joos van Cleve

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