TIL that in 1931 the USSR sold off many of the Hermitage’s most important artworks (which they considered elitist decadence) to fund industrialization. Under Andrew Mellon, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. acquired 21 of them, creating one of the best ensembles of art in the Americas.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_paintings_in_the_National_Gallery_of_Art,_Washington_DC,_formerly_in_the_Hermitage_Museum

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