Wednesday, October 28, 2015
As my parents are currently gallivanting throughout St. Petersburg, they have been raving about the Hermitage. Their reviews led me to read more and write this post.
Originally founded by Catherine the Great, the Hermitage has been open to the public since 1852. The complex of the museum includes various buildings with a wide assortment of collections. In addition to the variation of content in the museum, I found it interesting that there are dependencies of the museum throughout other parts of the world. There actually used to be a Guggenheim Hermitage in Las Vegas!
The assortment of works contained in the main Hermitage in St. Petersburg include works of the some the prominent Dutch Masters (i.e. van Dyck, Rubens, and Rembrandt) as well as an assortment of renown Italian and Spanish artists (e.g. Tintoretta, Velazquez, El Greco, and Goya). There are also collections of Egyptian and Prehistoric art and antiquities which, in combination with the other acclaimed works, leads to the Hermitage's recognition as a premier global museum.
I also guess Hermitage cats are a thing...