June 10, 2020

Museum's Modern Masks



Museum's Modern Masks
Wearing masks has become part of daily life. Image by Snowmanradio via Wikimedia Commons

It seems that wearing masks has become a part of daily life in the current pandemic. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that masks are in high demand, and so suppliers are becoming more creative in their offerings. Take the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Despite being closed to the public, this cultural site is jumping on the mask bandwagon and has begun selling masks in its online store.

Among the famous artworks depicted on the masks are Claude Monet's Water Lilies, Edgar Degas’ Dancers at Rehearsals, Paul Gauguin’s Are you Jealous? and Michelangelo’s David. The masks also have “Maintain Distance” printed on them, available in four languages: Russian, English, Chinese, and Japanese.

According to the museum’s press service, it will open to the public again on July 10. The masks will be available for purchase in the museum’s store at that time, but for now, they can be bought via the museum’s online store. Each mask costs 700 rubles (approximately $10).

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