Het Azerbaijan National Art Museum
The Azerbaijani National Museum of Art is the national treasury presenting works of art from the earliest ages to the present day. In the museum collection works by Western European, Russian and Azerbaijani artists are represented. The Museum was founded in 1924 as part of the Art Department of the Azerbaijani State Museum but received an independent museum status in 1936. The museum is located in two buildings of the 19th century, which are now interconnected into a single complex. Originally it was a palace built in 1891-1893 for the Dutch trader Leo De Boure, one of Baku’s 19th century oil millionaires.
The collection consists of over 17,000 exhibits. Part of the art objects is shown by country in a historical chronological order. In the European halls, visitors see works by Italian artists and ceramists of 16-18 centuries, paintings by Flemish and Dutch artists and works by German and French painters of 16-19.