The exposition was created on the basis of the collection of the State Hermitage and is dedicated to the second half of the 19th - early 20th centuries, when this type of printed graphics gained the greatest popularity. 190 etchings were selected for the exposition, most of which are published for the first time. To date, the Hermitage houses one of the most valuable collections of Russian etching.
The exhibition will acquaint with the legacy of such outstanding etchers as V. A. Bobrov, L. E. Dmitriev-Kavkazsky, E. K. Lipgart, V. V. Mate, N. S. Mosolov, I. P. Pozhalostin, M. V Rundaltsov, A. I. Somov. For the first time in the Hermitage, unique examples of works in this technique are demonstrated by the famous painters TG Shevchenko, NN Ge, IN Kramskoy, II Shishkin, IE Repin, VA Serov.
The exhibition for the first time monographically presents the history of Russian etching - a special kind of engraving art that has a double meaning. This term refers to the technique of drawing performed with an etching needle on the ground applied to a metal (copper, zinc or brass) board, which is then etched with "strong vodka" (nitric acid) until an in-depth image is developed and a colorful impression is obtained from it on a printing press. Etching is also a print made by this method of engraving and printed on paper. The remarkable master of etching V. A. Serov rightly recognized this art as "something similar to engraving, but a thousand times more picturesque, more artistic", his contemporary I. I. Levitan enthusiastically spoke about his studies in etching: "What a charm, it is higher than painting ".