Russia – Saint Petersburg – State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. It was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and comprises a vast complex of six historic buildings beside the Neva River.

State Hermitage Museum

State Hermitage Museum

Five of the six buildings are open to the public: Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and Hermitage Theatre. They mostly enclose the vastly empty Palace Square; the central square of Saint Petersburg and the location of several important chapters in Russian history, including Bloody Sunday (1905) and the October Revolution (1917).

Palace Square

Palace Square

At its centre is the Alexander Column, the tallest red granite column in the world and a mighty 500 tonnes. In fact, it is standing by its own weight alone, with no attachment to the base! That’s heavy!

The double triumphal arch of the Building of the General Staff.

The double triumphal arch of the Building of the General Staff.

The Hermitage would have to rank as one of the best museums for showcasing art and culture from around the world. It does boast the largest collection of art in the world, ranging across the ages to modern times.

Upon entering the Winter Palace, we first passed through the Jordan Staircase; like entering a royal palace in true golden 18th century style.

Jordan Staircase

Jordan Staircase

St. George’s Hall (also called the Great Throne Room) was royally large in neoclassical interior design. It was the scene of many of the most formal ceremonies of the Royal Court. The throne was truly a royal throne.

St. George's Hall (Great Throne Room)

St. George’s Hall (Great Throne Room)

The Throne

The Throne

There were so many wonderful rooms and hallways, that it nearly overwhelmed the art pieces themselves! We had never seen so many beautifully ornate rooms, all with different styles, colours and materials. And the chandeliers everywhere! Wow!Frame 10DSC02813

Sometimes it was impossible not to stare up at the ceiling! Amongst the chandeliers and ornate arches, there was art up there too!Frame 2Frame 4

The War Gallery of 1812 was designed to commemorate Russia’s victory over Napoleon. The walls carry 332 portraits of generals who fought in the war of 1812 and the foreign campaign of 1813-14.

War Gallery of 1812

War Gallery of 1812

The Leonardo Da Vinci Room contains two of the artist’s Renaissance masterpieces; Madonna Litta and Benois Madonna.

(L) Madonna Litta, (R) Benois Madonna

(L) Madonna Litta, (R) Benois Madonna

The Rembrandt Room contains 23 of the artist’s works from the 17th century.

(L) Portrait of an Old Man in Red, (R) Portrait of Baertje Martens

(L) Portrait of an Old Man in Red, (R) Portrait of Baertje Martens

The Large Italian Skylight Room was a huge grand interior intended to display large canvases in natural light. All 17th & 18th century Italian art amongst some nice furniture.

The Large Italian Skylight Room

The Large Italian Skylight Room

Spread across several rooms, including The Jupiter Hall, The Dionysus Room and The Hercules Room, there were some amazing sculptures amongst impressive marble.Frame 13Frame 7

Even the hallways connecting the main rooms were put to good use.Frame 5

Oh, and the floors too.DSC02597Frame 9

Whether you are a fan of really old classical art or something a bit more modern, the State Hermitage in Saint Petersburg has it all.

The Bacchanalia, by Alessandro Magnasco

The Bacchanalia, by Alessandro Magnasco

Portraits of Catherine II and Peter the Great

Portraits of Catherine II and Peter the Great

Our favourites from Paul Signac, Henri Edmond Cross, Vincent Van Gogh & Claude Monet

Our favourites from Paul Signac, Henri Edmond Cross, Vincent Van Gogh & Claude Monet

The picks of Pablo Picasso!

The picks of Pablo Picasso!

Lady in the Garden, by Claude Monet

Lady in the Garden, by Claude Monet

With rooms as grand as the paintings they display, there really isn’t enough time to take it all in (or blog it either!).DSC02766

So accept it, sit down and enjoy the view.

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

Visited 10th September 2014.

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About starksepicadventure

We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!
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2 Responses to Russia – Saint Petersburg – State Hermitage Museum

  1. Julie says:

    I love your albums! Maybe you will want to participate in “Share your Best Travel Photo of the Week” – Blogging Event, on my blog.
    Have a nice day!

  2. Jonathan Starks says:

    There aren’t enough WOWs to cover the splendour of the hermitage. How incredible. The photos cannot possibly do justice to the place. Great stuff Andrew & Lakshi. I enjoy every post.

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