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The Hermitage or a “museum” in 1770 according to Catherine the Great

Why did Catherine the Great build the entire complex of the Hermitage ? This question could constitute the main thread in our presentation. Behind the origins of the Hermitage was the initial idea of…

From  Jack Allen on February 18th, 2021 0 likes 35 plays

From Rudolf II to Catherine II: Goltzius’ Without Bacchus and Ceres, Venus is Chilled and its Iconography

Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617): Without Bacchus and Ceres, Venus is Chilled, c. 1604–6 This superb large drawing, executed in a manner that imitates the technique of engraving on copper,…

From  Jack Allen on December 18th, 2020 0 likes 29 plays

How to be a European: Collecting Drawings in Imperial Russia

Catherine the Great founded the now internationally-renowned drawings collection of the Hermitage Museum with the purchase in 1768 of the cabinet of Count Charles Cobenzl (Brussels). At a time when…

From  Jack Allen on December 18th, 2020 0 likes 15 plays