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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 39 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 16 plays

The Yusupovs in Paris: Building a Collection

The Yusupovs are renowned for their patronage and significant art collection established by Prince Nikolai Borisovich (1750-1831). Largely studied since the 19th century and more recently, this…

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