Hermitage, Saint Petersburg
...once you're in this big square, if you look at your left you can see, as usual, S.Izaak's cupola and admiralty 's spire....
this is the entrance to Dvorstovaja ploshchad (palace's square), with in background the winter palace...
Beautiful, isn't it?
Well, this is another copy.
Yes, one from the Vatican Museum!
The frescoes were copied on pieces of canvas & then sent to St. Petersburg in the 1780s to Catherine II.
Madonna with a flower (1478) by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was purchased in 1914. Leonardo was using the new technique of oil painting then.
This throne hall is right at the corner next to the Fountain of Tears.
I especially like this one because of its pink-colored marble. Beautiful, isn't it?
A reproduction of mosaic from ancient Rome.
As I've said, lots of copies!!!
But these are excellent copies, may I add :-)
This is the room where the walls are lined with velvet from Lyon & strewn with Romanov eagles. As named, the Throne is the centerpiece.
If you visit Hermitage spending here 8 hours every day and attend just 1 minute to every work of art you need 11 years to complete the mission!
Some pictures are in my travelogue.
A trip through history and time, it's amazing exhibits will be astonishing, educational and very interesting...
Hours 11 am - 5 pm, closed Mondays
The highlight of little Hermitage.
This room is really crowded in the day.
You can visit it just before the closing at around 530pm for a clear view of the room!!
(Hermitage closes at 6pm)
his pic was taken from the famous Hermitage which was the Winter Palace for Zars and it is now an important museum.
Can you see the dimensions?
On the same side as the palace square (other side from the Neva), there are 10-16 ft tall Atlantes holding up what used to be the public entrance to the Hermitage.
This piece in the centre of the room has just been on show in a Dallas exhibition. It was interesting as I had already seen it in Russia.
The Skylight Room used to display Italian 17th and 18th century canvases.
There are two small and one large skylight rooms.
One of the world's best museums and they give you these great blue booties to wear so you won't harm the floor. Great for sliding.