The exhibition features images of the writer himself - from the well-known engraved portraits of the late 19th century and classical monumental sculptures to vivid psychological interpretations in painting and drawing (L. Bernshtam, S. Konenkov, G. Korzhev, G. Nemenova, V. Favorsky, etc.); a series of illustrations of Dostoevsky's works, interpreting his complex and multifaceted texts (M. Dobuzhinsky, N. Alekseev, A. Goncharov, etc.).The author of the works of Dostoevsky is a member of the International Society for the Illustration of Dostoevsky (M.Dobuzhinsky, N.Alekseev, A.Goncharov, A.Korsakova-Rudovich, M.Churakova, V.Goriaev, and others); sketches of costumes and decorations for theatrical plays after the works of Dostoevsky made in the first third of the 20th century (M.Dobuzhinsky, A.Benois, K.Petrov-Vodkin) and so on.
The significance of Dostoevsky the writer for the national culture is extremely great, which could not but leave a noticeable trace in the national fine art of the last century and a half. The Russian Museum possesses a number of pictorial, graphic and sculptural works associated with the name of Dostoevsky. The exhibition is a complex body of works with a wide variety of stylistic features and revealing a whole range of creative aspirations of artists who ventured to address the image of the great Russian writer and his literary legacy.