The collection contains more than forty original antique exhibits using the technique of incisor engraving, dashed manner, etching, mezzo-tinto, created in the period from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
The main characters of the project were European artists. Among them are names known to anyone - Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Paul Rubens, Guido Reni, Salvator Rosa, Anthony van Dyck. And less familiar are Nicola Poussin, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Benjamin West, Angelika Kaufman. The canvases that served as a prototype for creating engravings are on display at world-famous museums such as the Hermitage, the Louvre, the Pinakothek Munich, etc.
Engraving has always existed as an independent art form, despite the fact that well-known paintings are often used as plots. Famous masters willingly turned to the creation of prints, and the objects themselves have long become valuable museum exhibits. The engravings presented have their own unconditional artistic significance and deservedly are in the collections of world-famous museums: the Library of Congress, the British Museum, the Hermitage, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc. The subjects of the works are diverse. The exposition adjoins historical and religious subjects, scenes from ancient mythology, portraits, landscapes and works representing an animalistic genre. The unifying factor is the highest level of engraving artists: William Sharp is adjacent to John Boydell, Rafael Massard and Johann Hyde, and George Keating and Pietro Bettelini.