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Hermitage Museum: Grand gallery of Russia

Posted on May 3, 2011 | Art MuseumsNo Comment



Regarded as the pride of St. Petersburg, Russia; the State Hermitage Museum is dedicated to art and culture and is the home of the largest painting collection on the planet. Established in 1764 and opened to public in 1852, the museum is among the most ancient as well as largest ones in the world, which boasts some 3 million objects of which only a few are a part of permanent display.

Such a huge amount of collection naturally cannot fit in one edifice and so occupy a set of six legendary buildings of which only four are open for a visit and that too partially. These are the Winter Palace, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and Small Hermitage; which are open. The remaining ones are the Reserve House and Hermitage Theatre. All of these stand along the Palace Embankment. The first two floors of the four edifices hold the Western European Art that account for sculptures, paintings, and applied art since the 13th century. As the entrance ticket is several times costlier for the tourists as compared to those for the Russian citizens, it is recommended to visit the Hermitage Museum on each month’s first Thursday as the entry is permitted without buying the tickets. As you arrive at this museum complex that is quite vast, you enter from the Winter Palace via the Courtyard or the Palace Embankment.

Egyptian Antiquities

These are in the ground floor’s east zone of the Winter Palace wherein a large hall is occupied with the collection since 1852. Regarded as the route leading to the display of Classical Antiquities, this zone is full of items from the Ancient Mesopotamia along with those revealing the Babylon’s Assyrian reliefs.

Classical Antiquities

These are seen on the ground floor of the New as well as Old Hermitage edifices whose interiors show off the Greek revival style via the marble as well as granite columns and painted stucco. Among them, the most remarkable interior is the Hall of Twenty Columns on the first floor, which is split into three sections by two lines of grey granite columns. The floor of this hall is adorned with a contemporary marble mosaic showing an ancient tradition. In the western wing, check out for the Room of the Great Vase wherein there resides a giant, 19-tonne Kolyvan Vase of jasper.

The Classical Antiquities collection holds the Greek relics dating back to the 5th century BC, Hellenistic jewelry and sculpture, ancient Greek pottery, objects of the North Pontic Greek colonies, popular Gonzaga Cameo, statues of Roman marble as well as applied art since the 1st century BC until 4th century AD, and Italic art. Check out for Tauride Venus, an original Hellenistic statue that forms the main attraction.

Prehistoric Art

In the Hermitage Museum, this collection is nestled in the western wing’s ground floor of the Winter Palace along with the second treasure colonnade. The items here belong to the period between Paleolithic and Iron era, which were found in Russia. Check out for the famous display revealing the art and culture of Altai nomads from the sites of Pazyryk and Bashadar, knotted pile carpet that is the most ancient dating back to 4th or 3rd century BC, a wooden chariot, and the Urartu artifacts of Turkey.

Jewelry and Decorative Art

Known as the first treasure gallery of which these objects from a part, Jewelry and Decorative Art is spanned along the ground floor’s small rooms right in the center of the New Hermitage. Here, you will come across the 4th millennium BC to 20th century AD western jewelry. This one as well as the second treasure gallery in the Winter Palace holding the valuables of the Pontic steppes and Asia requires a guided visit.

On the first floor, you will spot the Small Hermitage’s Northern Pavilion holding the golden Peacock Clock as well as a plethora of mosaics. By the side of Small Hermitage, there are two galleries stretching from the North to South Pavilion, which is the home of the Western European decorative and applied art that belong to the period of the 12th to 15th centuries.

Italian Renaissance

Head towards the Old Hermitage first floor where the rooms in revival styles house the talents of the Italian Renaissance artists such as Titian, Benois Madonna, Veronese, and Giorgione. The exhibition of these works spreads until the New Hermitage’s eastern wing holding majolica, sculptures, paintings, and Italian tapestry dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Check out for the Raphael Loggias gallery that mimics Apostolic Palace’s loggia in Rome.

Italian and Spanish Fine Art

On the New Hermitage’s first floor, three big red-walled interiors illuminated through a skylight are decorated with the Russian lapidary works of the 19th century along with the Spanish as well as Italian canvases dating back to the period between 16th and 18th centuries. The main highlights here are the El Greco paintings and Michelangelo’s Crouching Boy.

Knight’s Hall

This large section is in the New Hermitage’s eastern part hosting Western European armor as well as arms, which date back to the period between 15th and 17th centuries. The Hall of Twelve Columns here in grey granite columns is where you will come across the temporary exhibitions. From the Knight’s Hall, the Gallery of the History of Ancient Painting stretches featuring marble sculptures of the neoclassical era. In its middle, New Hermitage’s main staircase exists, which is closed and was the former entrance. Look at its upper gallery decorated with 20 grey granite columns, Russian lapidary works, and European sculpture.

Dutch Golden Age and Flemish Baroque

By the side of the south facade of the New Hermitage, the galleries as well as rooms hold the paintings of the Dutch Golden Age and Flemish Baroque era.

German and French Fine Art

Dating back from the 15th to 18th centuries, these works adorn the rooms on the Winter Palace’s first floor along the south facade.

Russian Art

The luxurious zones of the Palace’s first floor in the north, east, and west sides are dedicated to the Russian art that belong to the period between 11th and 19th centuries. Here, the Nicholas Hall is the venue of the temporary exhibitions.

Neoclassical, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist Art

On the Palace’s second floor in the southeast corner, you will come across the above stated French works of art including those by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, and Monet. In the western wing, marvel at Oriental art collection from India, Tibet, China, Mongolia, and Near East.

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