The State Hermitage Museum is rightly considered one of Russia’s foremost attractions, if not one of the world's. The institution boasts an incredible three million works of art, only five percent of which it has room to display - despite the luxury of having six buildings in which to house them. It is estimated that to see all the exhibits in the Hermitage you would have to walk twenty four miles... So the chances are that even fanatics amongst you might be tempted to skip the odd section!
The six buildings of the Hermitage form an impressive façade along the embankment of the River Neva in St. Petersburg, and none more so than the Winter Palace, the principle edifice of the museum and former home of the Tsars. Built in the 18th Century by the Italian architect Rastrelli it became the home of Empress Catherine II when she ascended to the throne in 1762.
the Hermitage’s art treasures contains stunning collections of Western European art, which date from the 13th Century onwards. Works by Giorgione, Titian, Leonardo Da Vinci and Caravaggio will have history of art buffs foaming at the mouth in ecstasy, whilst one of the world’s largest Rembrandt collections (over 20 pieces) plus impressionist oeuvres d’art by Matisse, Picasso and Gauguin could all prove too much for the over-enthusiastic connoisseur! Enjoy... This spectacular museum is an essential destination for budding Russophiles and all visitors to Moscow.
|Gauguin||Paul Eugéne Henri Gauguin||1848-1903|
|Renoir||Pierre Auguste Renoir||1841-1919|
|van Gogh||Vincent van Gogh||1853-1890|
|Chardin||Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin||1699-1779|
|Cross||Henri Edmond Cross||1856-1910|