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The Lviv Art Gallery

The Lviv Art Gallery (called the Lviv Picture Gallery till the fourth of February 1998) is the biggest artistic museum of Ukraine where unique works of painting, sculpture, graphic, decorative-applied art of West and East European countries from the Middle Ages to modernity are collected. The total number of exhibits of the collection is over fifty thousand. At the beginning of 1907 the collection of West European art by I. Yakovych, Ukrainian sugar magnate was bought by means of town council. On the fourteenth of February 1907 Yakovych's collection was moved to Lviv and this date is considered to be the day of foundation of the museum. In 1914 the building n.3 in Stefanyk Street (former Ossoliriski Street) was bought for the gallery. This house belonged to W. Loziriski, a professor of Lviv University, a historian and a collector. There preserved the interiors decorated in the late 19th c. - the so-called salon with stucco moulding, for instance.