Notwithstanding, Korneev remains a familiar name for many in Russia today, largely due to his published works from the Russian expedition. These appeared in sumptuously illustrated volumes entitled Les Peuples de la Russie, published in Paris in 1812/13 by Count Carl von Rechberg from Bavaria. However, what seems to have escaped notice until now, even in Russia, are two large ensembles of watercolors and drawings that have survived from Korneev’s travels through Greece, Asia Minor and Italy. They are housed in two German institutions. The Münchner Stadtmuseum and its Collection of Prints and Drawings has, since 1926, held fifty exquisite large-format watercolors, along with ink and pencil drawings, from the Italian stretch of his journey. In the same year, what is known as the Greece album entered the holdings of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) in Berlin, which has kindly lent numerous works to the current exhibition.
The Münchner Stadtmuseum now presents these extraordinarily rare works to the public for the very first time. This show, and the detailed scholarly examination of its contents, which will inform an extensive exhibition catalog, make a significant international contribution to research in this area.