The Hermitage Museum is likely one of the jewels of St. Petersburg, the previous capital of Russia. It is positioned on the banks of the Neva River and illuminates town with its white and turquoise facade. Founded in 1764 on the instigation of Catherine II, it vies for the title of the world’s largest museum with Le Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. And the riches of the Hermitage is now accessible to all, freed from cost and from one’s house, with the digital tour provided by the museum on its web site.
The digital go to to the Hermitage begins with a go to to the Winter Palace, the previous official residence of the Russian tsars. The place has been the scene of all a very powerful episodes within the historical past of Russia. During the First World War, for instance, a part of the museum was used as a hospital, whereas it grew to become an object of propaganda when the Bolsheviks took energy in Russia after the battle. In 1941, when the siege of Leningrad (the previous title of St. Petersburg) started, the Hermitage was one of many favourite targets of the Wehrmacht, the Nazi military.
Together with 4 different buildings – the Little Hermitage, the Great Hermitage, the New Hermitage and the Hermitage Theatre – the Winter Palace constitutes the Hermitage Museum, with three million artworks, of which “only” 60,000 are on show. 24 kilometers of galleries the place masterpieces observe each other, nicely confined amongst marble columns, golden chandeliers, painted ceilings, wood mosaic flooring.
Among the museum’s most prestigious artifacts are 24 work by Rembrandt (rooms N°253 and 254). Portraits, style scenes, non secular topics or Greek mythology: the exhibition traces the evolution of his artwork, his philosophical background, and the dramas of his private life. Italian artwork can also be within the highlight with Leonardo da Vinci’s Benois Madonna and Madonna Litta (Room 214); Raphael’s magnificent dressing rooms (Room 227); Michelangelo’s emblematic Squatting Boy (Room 230) or Caravaggio’s work (Room 260). Also to be seen: the well-known “Peacock Clock”, within the Pavilion room (N°204), which rings each Wednesday at 7 pm.
Greek mythology, Egyptian sarcophagi, Scythian treasure (room N°11 to 14), Italian portray, Asian arts, Eastern cultures, and, in fact, the most important assortment of work on the planet with 16,000 canvases (Rembrandt, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Rubens, …): it’s stated that it could take a lifetime to ponder every of the works within the Hermitage Museum’s assortment. The digital go to will undoubtedly permit us to find a small a part of it.