As a part of cultural events accompanying the exhibition of Russian portrait miniatures of the Sepherot Foundation at the State Historical Museum, the Foundation sponsored the publication of a monograph by T.A. Selinova entitled “Artist-Miniaturist M. M. Zatsepin”
Tatyana Selinova (1914 - 2008), who worked for many years at the State Historical Museum, was one of those researchers who re-opened the art of Russian portrait miniatures in 1970s-1980s, after half a century of oblivion. Love of art and dedication to the profession fed the creative longevity of T.A. Selinova. Her first articles on Russian portrait painting of 18th - early 19th centuries were published in 1950. In 1973 she published the monograph «Ivan Petrovich Argunov», dedicated to one of the greatest Russian painters of the 18th century. However, soon Russian portrait miniature became the main focus of the professional interests of T.A. Selinova. For many years she was one of the authors of the annual of Academy of Sciences «Cultural Monuments. New Discoveries», where she published the results of her archival research and artistic attribution. In 1988, she issued the catalogue «Portrait miniatures in Russia from the collection of State Historical Museum». In 2005 T.A. Selinova published the first two monographs about leading miniaturists of the Russian school, «Peter Rossi - Russian miniaturist» and «Artist P.E. Rokshtul. From the history of Russian portrait miniatures».
Monograph by T.A. Selinova «Artist-Miniaturist M.M. Zatsepin» focuses on one of the most subtle and profound miniaturists-portraitists of the Russian school of the first half of 19th century. Based on extensive archival material, the author restores the previously unknown pages of the biography of the artist, consistently considers his creative career. Catalogue of creations of M.M. Zatsepin is attached to the monograph. The monograph was published in January, 2011 in the Moscow publishing house «Minuvshee»)
In honor of the book launch, the exhibition of works by M.M. Zatsepin from the fund of State Historical Museum and private collections of Russia was organized, as well as the documentary about the author of the monograph - Tatiana Andreyevna Selinova - was prepared and shown.