Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Hermitage Museum- By:Sana Naseer Shaikh

The Hermitage Museum, World's Largest Museum

The Hermitage Museum is Russia’s best porch of globe art, one of the most well-known art museums in the world and certainly the main visitor magnetism of St. Petersburg. The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a gathering of 255 paintings from the German city of Berlin. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a various collection of art and artifacts from all over the world and from all over history (from Ancient Egypt to the early 20th century Europe). 

The Hermitage’s collections consist of works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a exclusive assortment of Rembrandts and Rubens, many French Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet and Pissarro, several canvasses by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and several sculptures by Rodin. The collected works is both gigantic and miscellaneous and is an important stop for all those concerned in art and history.The main building of the Hermitage Museum is the Winter Palace, which was once the major residence of the Russian Tsars. Superbly located on the bank of the Neva River, this green-and-white three-storey palace is a awesome sight of Baroque architecture and boasts 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows and 1,057 sophisticatedly and generously decorated halls and rooms, many of which are open to the public.
The Baroque Winter Palace was built between 1754 and 1762 and its first resident was none other than the renowned Catherine the Great. Many of the palace’s impressive interiors were remodeled after the huge fire that partly destroyed the building in 1837. Some of the best Russian and most renowned foreign architects worked comprehensively to ensure that this Imperial residence was one of the finest and most lavish palaces in the world. The Hermitage’s collections are displayed in adjoining buildings along the Neva embankment, together form an enormous museum complex: the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage and lastly the New Hermitage. The Hermitage Theater, the private theater of the Tsars, is a beautifully ornamented amphitheater and still hosts regular lectures, concerts, opera and ballet performances. The experts say that if you were to spend a minute looking at each exhibit on display in the Hermitage, you would need 11 years before you’d seen them all. 

No comments:

Post a Comment