Hermitage, Saint Petersburg
The Gallery of the History of Ancient Painting is situated in the hall number twenty five at the first floor of so-called New Hermitage. This building was built in the mid of XIX century during the rule of Emperor Nicholas I (1825-1855). This very long gallery is full the fabulous masterpieces of fine arts. But it is always better to see under your own eyes than read or listen about thousand times.
Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photos without flash light and tripod if they bought photo permission. You can buy that photo permission together with your ticket in the cash desk. The price of photo permission is 200 rubles (about 5 euros).
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The Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) is a major highlight of any visit to St Petersburg. We visited as part of our coach tour to Russia and must say we were amazed by the beauty and extravagence of this Palace.
The size of the rooms and beauty of the high ceilings, the decoration of the cornices as seen in these photos was something to see and remember.
No restriction on cameras, so make certain you have a large card.
Many of the rooms open to the public have outstanding paintings by the Masters. So many to view and being able to get so close to the paintings and be allowed to take photos is a huge bonus.
Crowds can be a problem and often restrict the view. I am tall and most times could look over shoulders. If people waited their turn it would benefit everyone.
Many paintings are of a religious theme.
When we walked into this room the first thing to catch my eye was this marble carving of the Crouching Boy. I knew it must be something special as it was in a roped off section. Details of Michelangelo were on the notice. Well woth viewing.
Our tour arrived at the Hermitage Museum just after 1pm and from the crowds ahead of us I gather it must have been close to the busiest time of day, in fact after being there for 2 hours I would think it most likely is crowded at all times.
Only a small portion of the Palace is open to the public, however the rooms are massive with ceilings that must be 20 foot high and that provides enough room to present the exhibits. I thought the Palace and its magnificent decoration was the highlight, but others might prefer the paintings of Da Vinci etc, or the sculptures, vases etc etc.
One thing for certain give yourself plenty of time, you could easily spend a half or full day here, however most tourists have limited time to see the abundance of other attractions in St Petersburg.
The Hermitage is a huge conglomeration of buildings, but even in the main museum are they have many other types of exhibits besides just paintings. Some of the departments were:
Machinery and Mechanisms
Furniture and Carriages
Arms and Armour
Ceramics and Porcelain
Numismatics and Glyptics
When you go to any large museum, you need to decide beforehand what it is that you want to see. Otherwise you will be completely worn out without having seen anything of interest to you. When I was in Madrid, I looked at the Spanish painters and the Bruegels. When I was at the British Museum in London I wanted to see the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and also visited the Roman Britain exhibits. So after we admired the building when we appeared to be mired in the Renaissance, I asked to skip to the Impressionists and particularly to see Van Gogh which was my granddaughter's favorite. The museum has eight of them which are (in alphabetical order)
1) Arena at Arles 1888
2) Cottages 1890
3) Landscape with House and Ploughman October, 1889
4) Lilac Bush 1889
5) Memory of the Garden at Etten (Ladies of Arles) 1888
6) Morning: Going out to Work (After Millet) January, 1890
7) Portrait of Madame Trabuc September, 1889
8) White House at Night June, 1890
There was one set that we weren't allowed to photograph.
You can look up an artist or type of exhibit that interests you on the Hermitage website in advance.
We had an early opening appointment at the Hermitage at 9:50. Our guide got the tickets, a wheelchair for me and a ticket for permission for a camera to take photos. My granddaughter wheeled the chair.
Having early admission is the only way to go. We had enough space to actually see the building itself (The Hermitage is a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace) in addition to the paintings. We could take pictures of the elaborate inlaid floors and the vases and decor around the walls. And of course we could have always taken pictures of the ceiling. We could see the Throne Room (photo 3) without a lot of people milling around in it.
We went up in an elevator which only took the wheelchair and my granddaughter (the guide walked up), and started in on the art collection which was chronological. We saw a couple of mosaic 'paintings', and an awful lot of pictures. We went up in another larger elevator and at this point I decided that we should see the paintings that were of specific interest to us instead of slogging through the whole place by date. My granddaughter wanted to see Van Gogh and I was more interested in the Impressionists.
BEFORE YOU GO: Go online : The Hermitage official website. You can purchase tickets to the museum, online, in advance and the tickets are not dated so you don;t have to decide before you go which day you intend to visit. Children (under 17 years of age) go free and all adult tickets come with permission to take photography. You will need to print out your receipt and, once at The Hermitage, you simply swap this for tickets. In the queue for pre-booked tickets there were 4 of us. In the queue for ticket purchase there were hundreds!
You should also know that bags the size of a standard handbag are acceptable to take into the museum. Anything larger is not and will have to go into the cloakroom. There is a queue for this. NB: It is a strict policy and the guards will not care if your bag contains valuables os items you might need during your visit. Anything forbidden is not, under any circumstances, permitted.
You will pass through a scanner, as will your bag. NB the moving platform that your belongings will be placed on goes at quite a speed and MANY people could not catch their belongings before they got spewed onto the floor. This included cameras and watches! Be careful. The bored guards are not there to facilitate a pleasant day out for you!!!
You WILL need a map but you should get given this as standard when you collect your tickets. You will need to get orientated and you probably will, despite having a map, get lost and/or be unable to find the place that you desperately want to get to! Most staff can speak enough English to help.
The Hermitage is the oldest, and the largest museum boasting the most comprehensive collection of art and histiry of art. With over 3,000,000 items available to see and more in the vaults!!! You could probably spend a number of years wandering around looking at every piece. However, unless you are an absolutely die-hard, you will probably be done in and art-worked out after 1/2 a day.
The main building is the stunning Winter Palace but this museum is so incredibly large that one buidling would not suffice and so there are others that are linked and connected and you will wander from one to the other, losing yourself in the unbelievable decadence of the structures as well as the collections and masterpieces they contain.
It was wonderful day to visit the city. Wonderful day to visit one of the largest museums in the world.
The State Hermitage (Russian: Госуда́рственный Эрмита́ж) is long time back know like Winter residence of royal family Romanov. Today is known as one of the largest and oldest museums of the world. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great Romanova and has been open to the public since 1852.
Winter Palace was design by Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, which was designed and Monastery Smolni. The building was design in,, Western-style''. The total area of the castle is 46 000 m2 and there is room 1057, 1786 doors, 1945 windows and 117 steps. In the middle of the castle is courtyard.
Impressive outside, fantastic surroundings and priceless collection inside. We dint have much time to see everything, of course. Four hours was pas very quickly.
I try to remember some interesting fact about Winter Palace:
- Today the museum has a priceless collection of over 3 million art objects;
- Although the October Revolution began with attack on the Winter Palace in 1917, fortunately, much of the splendor has survived to this day.
- Peter the Great never been in this palace because is build after his die but, yet, in Palace is build The room of Peter the Great.
- Hall of Arms - is room where is display all arms of Russians provinces. It was build after fire 1837, and restore after WWII.
- In the Gallery of portraits from patriotic war 1812th against Napoleon are display: General Kutuzov; Wilhelm III, king of Prussia and Franc II, king of Austria, both Russian alleys and Russian tzar Alexander I.
- The tron room, where tron itself is not original.
The design is work of Carlo Rossi, 1820th.
My group was enter for free, we all get plan of museum and ticket like souvenir. My tour guide say that this tour is a gift of Russian brothers to us - Serbs. Probably is a day for free entry like some other museums have and with ISIC benefit card the entree is free. Still, I like this story also. Like I wrote before - wonderful day!
En la tercera planta del museo hay una de las mejores y más impresionantes colecciones del impresionismo Europeo, de los siglos XIX y XX , con obras de Matisse , Picaso , Kandinsky , Rodin, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Delacroix, Cézanne, Pissarro, Monet, Degas...
Un auténtico placer
On the third floor of the museum is one of the best and most impressive collections of Impressionism European Art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Rodin, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Delacroix, Cezanne, Pissarro , Monet, Degas ...
A real pleasure
El Museo del Hermitage ocupa cinco edificios , que son una obra de arte tan importante como las obras que contienen , el Palacio de Invierno , con su caracter fastuoso era la residencia principal de los zares rusos, el Teatro de Hermitage, el Hermitage Viejo y el Nuevo , el Hermitage Pequeño que fue construido por Catalina II y al que solamente podían acceder sus invitados personales ya que quería descansar de la vida oficial en un lugar más acogedor y por eso el palacio fue denominado “Hermitage”, que proviene de la palabra francesa que significa “ermita”
Los edificios verde y blancos de tres alturas son de estilo barroco Ruso del siglo XVIII y están todos unidos por el interior . Destacan sus columnas de estilo corintio , sus esculturas , sus atlantes ...
Cuando entras por la Escalera principal del Palacio de Invierno , te quedas boquiabierto por su tamaño , las esculturas , los dorados , el fresco que hay en el techo , la perspectiva...
La laman también la Escalera de Jordán porque era desde donde la familia imperial presenciaba la ceremonia de bautismo en el río Neva en el día de Reyes (a semejanza del bautismo de Jesús en el Jordán)
A partir de aquí uno se encuentra con suelos de madera coloreada , lamparas , marquetería , techos modelados y pintados con pan de oro , y se va sorprendiendo en cada ventana , escalera , cada techo , cada columna ...que va encontrando a su paso
The Hermitage Museum occupies five buildings that are a work of art as important as the works they contain:
The Winter Palace, with its sumptuous character was the main residence of Russian tsars, the Hermitage Theatre, the Old and the New Hermitage , the Small Hermitage built by Catherine II and which had only access for their personal guests as she wanted a break from the official life in a more welcoming place and so the palace was called "Hermitage," which comes from the French word which means "ermitage"
The green and white buildings of three storeys, of Russian baroque style of the eighteenth century are all linked on the interior. We must emphasize its Corinthian columns, sculptures, Atlantes ...
When you walk through the Principal Staircase of the Winter Palace, you get stunned by its size, the sculptures, the gilding in the walls and ceilings , the fresco on the ceiling, the perspective ...
The staircase is called also the Jordan stair , because from here the imperial family witnessed the ceremony of baptism in the River Neva in the 6th of January (as in the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan)
From here you start the visit and you see the coloured wood floors, chandeliers, inlaid works , moulded ceilings and painted with gold leaf, and you will be surprised in each window, staircase, every roof, every column ... you find in your way
No podemos olvidarnos que entramos en una de las mayores pinacotecas y museo del mundo en la que hay una impresionante colección de arte que va del siglo XII al XX
Puedes ver arte oriental con representaciones de Siberia y Asia Central y por citar alguno los clásicos italianos , donde hay obras de Rafael , Miguel Angel , Boticceli , Leonardo ... Holandés y Flamenco con Rembrandt , Rubens, Van Dyck... , Español con Murillo , Velazquez , Zurbarán ...
Además de la pintura, hay esculturas clásicas Griegas , Romanas, y de grandes escultores rusos y extranjeros como Rodin... y también muebles , trajes, relojes ...
Si eres un experto en arte no se si lo tienes más fácil o más difícil, pero puedes hacer tu plan de visita con más conocimiento pero si eres como yo, sin un conocimiento especial de arte , limítate a disfrutar por las salas viendo las maravillas que hay , disfrutando de algunos cuadros o artistas de los que has oído hablar siempre y piérdete por Las Logias de Rafael , la sala de Leonardo , el Jardín Colgante, el Salón del pabellón con su reloj del Pavo Real ...
No se puede olvidar a las autoridades y a los trabajadores del museo que consiguieron preservar esta gran colección de obras de arte en los años del asedio y en la posterior época soviética , permitiéndonos disfrutar este museo inolvidable
We can not forget that we enter in one of the largest and most important art galleries and museums in the world in which there is an impressive collection of art ranging from the twelfth to the twentieth century
You can find Oriental Art with pieces of Siberia and Central Asia and to mention some Italian Classics, where you may see works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Boticceli, Leonardo ... Dutch and Flemish with Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck ... , Spanish with Murillo, el Greco , Velazquez, Zurbaran ...
In addition to painting, there are classical sculptures Greek, Roman, and of Russian and foreign sculptors like Rodin ... and furniture, clothes, watches ..., all what you may imagine
If you are an art expert I do not know if you have an easier or harder task , but you can plan your visit with more knowledge , but if you're like me, with no special knowledge of art, stick to enjoy the halls seeing the wonders that there are , enjoying some paintings or artists that you have ever heard of them or are familiars to you and get lost for the Lodges of Raphael, Leonardo room, Hanging Garden, the Pabillion Hall with the Peacock clock ...
Do not forget to authorities and museum workers who managed to preserve this great collection of works of art in the years of Saint Petersburg siege and the subsequent Soviet era, allowing us to enjoy this memorable museum
The State Hermitage Baroque style architecture is the third largest art museums in the world (who’s the largest I am not sure). It was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764. Originally it was built for Anna I of Russia residence in 1732 and designed by Francesco Rastrelli. Now the grand building proudly stood on the bank of Neva River for everyone to see.
This museum is huge you will not be able to see royal collections in a day let alone couple of hours. They are six building of which the royal collections are displayed and the Winter Palace is the main one.
Ostentatious interior surrounded by bronze chandeliers, walked on designed parquet floor where you can touch the Jordan stairs while admiring the richness and beauty of the collections. They were impressionist paintings from Picasso, Gaugin, Van Gogh, and Matisse to classical art of Michael Angelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
It is definitely a must visit and I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Voy a dar algunas de mis ideas para visitar el museo del Hermitage :
- Reserva las entradas por Internet en la web : www.hermitagemuseum.org , el precio son $17.95 por un día o $25.95 dos días . La web funcionó muy bien , nos mandaron un documento que presentamos en una taquilla del museo y nos lo cambiaron por los billetes de entrada y así nos evitamos las colas , que eran muy largas
- La audioguía para visitar el museo , 350 Rb para dos personas es muy útil , además en nuestro caso la pedimos en español . Puedes seguir la visita que te proponen o ir por donde te apetezca . Tiene la gran ventaja que tu decides el tiempo que quieres estar en cada sitio
- Cuanto más preparada lleves la visita más jugo le sacarás
- Es muy importante no volverte loco y querer ver todo el museo , que dicen que se tardarían años en verlo . Así que relájate , ten pensado un recorrido , aunque luego lo cambies y déjate llevar por sus salas y salones viendo auténticas maravillas y si puedes deja algo para el segundo día de la visita
- Empieza el recorrido por la Escalera Principal , que te impresionará
- Hay mucha gente , así que aprovecha las primeras o las últimas horas en que no están los grandes grupos de visitantes
I'll give you some of my ideas to visit the Hermitage Museum:
- Book tickets online at the website: www.hermitagemuseum.org, the price is $ 17.95 per day or $ 25.95 two days. The website worked very well, we received a paper that you present at a ticket office and you change it for your entrance tickets and so you avoid the queues, which were long
- The audioguide to visit the museum, 350 Rb for two people is very useful and in our case we got in Spanish. You can follow the visit the audioguide propose or go where you please. It has the great advantage that you decide the time you want to be at each site
- The more prepared is your visit , the more advantage you'll get on it
- It is very important not to go crazy and want to see the whole museum, they say that it would take years to see it completly . So relax, design your tour, but then change it and lose yourself in its rooms and halls , seeing real wonders .If you can leave some things for the second day of visit
- Start your tour of the Principal Staircase, which will impress you
- There are many people, so take the first or the last hours of the day that are not so large groups of visitors