Alexander Lyudvigovich Stieglitz

Alexander Lyudvigovich Stieglitz

The charity project to memorialize the name of Baron Alexander von Stieglitz is aimed to restore the historical justice for the name of the great patron, to make the ideas of serving for the sake of the country and charitable activity more popular — these are the ideas Alexander von Stieglitz was following throughout his whole life and work.

The charity project to memorialize the name of Baron Alexander von Stieglitz is aimed to restore the historical justice for the name of the great patron, to make the ideas of serving for the sake of the country and charitable activity more popular — these are the ideas Alexander von Stieglitz was following throughout his whole life and work.

In 2005 the Centre of National Glory came up with the initiative of the Charity Project to memorialize the name of the Russian political activist, the outstanding banker, benefactor and patron, Baron Alexander Lyudvigovich Stieglitz.

The Charity Project on memorializing the name of Baron Alexander Lyudvigovich Stieglitz has been created to restore the historical justice related to the name of the great philanthropist, to make the ideas of serving for the sake of the country and charitable activity more popular — these are the ideas Alexander von Stieglitz was following throughout his whole life and work.

The money raised by the Charity programme was used to make and install bells at the bell tower of the Church of the Holy Trinity in the town of Ivangorod. The blessing service for the bells was carried out by Metropolitan Vladimir of Saint-Petersburg and Ladoga on 29th June 2006. The global reconstruction of the Church of the Holy Trinity — the place Alexander von Stieglitz was buried — has been organized; additional copies of the historical article by A.V.Ivanen “The Ivangorod Church of the Holy Trinity by Baron Alexander Stieglitz” were published.

In December 2006 the Saint-Petersburg State Art and Industrial Academy got back the name of its founder Alexander L. Stieglitz. Since March 2006 the annual open competition for music schools of Russia and Estonia “Prinaroviye” was assigned the name of Alexander L. Stieglitz. The All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company requested the creation of the documentary about life and work of Alexander L. Stieglitz “The will of Baron Stieglitz” which was shown on central television channels.

On 7 July 2007 the commemorative plaque was unveiled and blessed at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Ivangorod to mark the names of benefactors who had made a significant contribution to the restoration of the Church.

The final step of the programme included the festivities that took place on 10th June 2011 and that were dedicated to the returning of the monument to Baron Alexander L. Stieglitz (1814-1884) to the building of the Art and Industrial Academy where it had been created by sculptor M.M.Antokolsky. Since 1958 the monument was stored in the holdings of the Novgorod State Open-Air Museum.

During the opening speech at the ceremony the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Public Fund “The Centre of National Glory”, Vladimir Yakunin, emphasized: “Today, here, in the Saint-Petersburg State Art and Industrial Academy the event of historical value has taken place. It is clear that for the town and for the Academy and for all of us the returning of the monument to Baron Stieglitz to its historical place is the act of historical justice”.

The historical note

Baron Alexander Lyudvigovich Stieglitz (1814–1884) is the outstanding statesman of XIX c. Russia, the first Head of the State Bank, long-term Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Stock Exchange Committee, member of the Special Financial Committee, active State Counselor.

Alexander Stieglitz was in charge of the “Baron Stieglitz and Co” Trading House which controlled all banking transactions in Russia and deals in overseas trade. Baron earned his capital and invested his money into development of the industry, culture and education in Russia. The ideology of serving for the sake of the Fatherland that inspired Alexander L. Stieglitz can be reflected by his words: “My father and I found our well-being in Russia. If the country turns bankrupt I am also ready to lose all my fortune”. Alexander II characterized the charity activity of Alexander L. Stieglitz as “the brave act of enlightened charity”. Thanks to financial support from Baron Stieglitz the construction of the Nikolayev Railways was finalized, Peterhof and Baltic railways were built.

Alexander L. Stieglitz offered his financial support to scientific and medical institutions, as well as to orphanages. Thanks to his donations the Central School of Drawing was founded (today it is the Saint-Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy named after A.L.Stieglitz) and the Museum of Applied Arts was established (today it is the Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts of the Academy). Alexander L. Stieglitz used his finances to build the Church of the Holy Trinity in Ivangorod, where he was buried.

For his work for the benefit of Russia Alexander Stieglitz was awarded with the III Class Order of Saint Stanislav, IV Class Order of Saint Vladimir, II Class Order of Saint Anna, II Class Order of Saint Anna decorated with the Emperor’s crown, III Class Order of Saint Vladimir, I Class Order of Saint Stanislav, I Class Order of Saint Anna, I Class Order of Saint Anna decorated with the Emperor’s crown.