Pierre-Auguste Renoir: In the Garden, 1885
The Hermitage collection was begun by Catherine II in 1764. Today they incorporate 400 rooms with 3+ million works of art
Stell stands by "vase", one of dozens
Jordan or ambassadorial staircase, 1754-62, 1837-39
Ceiling of Jordan staircase
Details of Jordan staircase
Winter Palace. Peter (the Great) Hall, 1833, architect: Auguste Montferrand
Portrait of Peter the Great behind throne
Armorial Hall: ceremonial audience room, 1838-39
Poryphyra marble vase
Gallery of 1812 with hundreds of portraits commemorating Russia's victory over Napolean
Lapidary Works of St. Petersburg: Malachite and gilt bronze vase, ca.1830; Peterhof workshop of hardstone carving
St George Hall or The Large Throne Room, 1838-41
Description of The Winter Palace, home of the Russian emperors from 1763-1917, Today it is one of five buildings of the State Hermitage Museum
Hermitage: Great Throne Room or St George Hall, 1795, architect Giacomo Quarenghi
Pavilion Hall, 1850-58
The Peacock clock, still functioning
Leonardo Da Vinci, (1452- Amboise 1519): Madonna with a Flower (Benois Madonna), 19-1/2" c 12-3/8"
Leonardo da Vinci: detail of Benois Madonna. "One of the few surviving works by young Leonardo
Leonardo da Vinci: Madonna Litta, c1490. "The Madonna's sublime, tender gaze as she looks at her son, and the tranquility of the distant mountainous landscape, reflect humanist dreams of Ideal Man and a Harmonious Life." Litta refers to Count Antonio Litta in Milan, from whose collection it came.
Raphael Loggias, replicated from identical loggias in Vatican, 1783-92
Large Italian Skylight Room, 1840s
Lapis Lazuli table in Italian Room
Caravaggio, 1573-1610: The Lute Player, 37" x 46-7/8"; music sheet a bottom: Voi sapete ch'io v'amo (You know that I love you).
Tintoretto: Birth of John the Baptist, probably the 1550s
Lapis Lazuli vase in Italian room
Raphael: The Holy Family, c1506 (see description below)
The Holy Family (The Madonna with Beardless Joseph, c1506
Raphael, 1483-1520: Madonna and Child, 6-7/8" x 7-1/8". The Conestabile Madonna is one of Raphael's earliest works, about 1502
Detail of Raphael's Madonna and Child
Benvenuto Cellini, Florence 1500-1571: Perseus, mid-XVI century, figure height 22-5/8"
Bartome Esteban Murillo:1655-60, detail
Gallery of the History of Ancient Painting, 1840s
Rembrandt: The Poet Jeremias De Dekker, 1666, 28" x 22"
Rembrandt: The Sacrifice of Abraham/Isaac(?), 1635, 76" x 52" (detail)
Rembrandt: Portrait of an Old Jew, 1654, 42-3/4" x 35-1/2"
Rembrandt: A Bearded Man, 1661, 28" x 24"
Rembrandt: The Disgrace of Haman, 1659-69, 50" x 46"
Rembrandt: An Old Man in an Armchair, 1654, 42-1/2" x 33-3/4"
Rembrandt: The Holy Family, 1645
Rembrandt: Baartjen Martens, Wife of Herman Doomer, 1640-49, 30" x 22"
Rembrandt: Officer with a Gold Chain, 1631, 14-1/4" x 10-1/4".
Rembrandt: Reconciliation of David and Absalom, 1642, 28-3/4" x 24-1/4".
Rembrandt Van Rijn, 1606-1669: Descent from the Cross, 62-1/4" x 46", 1634. Holding Christ is disciple Joseph of Arimathea. "Supreme achievement is Rembrandt's use of light to draw together and unite the composition of many different figures, together with his depiction of each individual's character's feelings."
Rembrandt Van Rijn, 1606-1669: Saskia van Uylenburg as Flora, 1634, 49-1/4" x 39-1/4". Rembrandt married Saskia in 1634; she was from a well-known Frisian family
Rembrandt: A Scholar
Rembrandt, 1636, 72-3/4" x 80". The most erotic of his paintings... Danae receiving Jupiter
Franz Hals, 1581/5-1666: Young Man with a Glove in his Hand, ca.1640
Pierre Auguste Renoir: Young Girl in a Hat, 1892-94
Edgar Degas: Place de la Concorde, 1876
Claude Monet: Haystack at Giverny, 1886
Paul Cezanne, 1839-1906: Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1896-98, "on the road to Toulon near his studio... the modeling of the mountain itself becomes the plastic theme of the picture"
Vincent Van Gogh: Valley with Ploughman Seen from Above, 1889
Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of Madame Trabuc, 1889
Paul Gauguin: Tahitian Pastorals 1892. Gauguin, Paul Gauguin intially spent two years in Tahiti (1891-1893), before returning in 1895. This work was painted during that first stay and it captures the idyll of the natural primitive life which Gauguin sought when he set off for Polynesia. He combined this romantic dream with his vivid impressions of the exotic landscape and wildlife, the unusual appearance of the islanders and their natural grace, their mysterious beliefs and rituals. One of the Tahitian girls is playing a flute: the Tahitians devoted flute music to the goddess of the Moon. It is evening, when the sun sets and the times of ritual dances and music in honour of the goddess begin. Beside the dog is what is probably a vessel for sacrifices of small birds and such like, carved out of a pumpkin. The painting is made up of a combination of pure colours, a rhythmic arrangement of lines and broad areas of colour, which is in harmony with the musical theme.
Paul Gauguin: Pastorales Tahitiennes, 1892
Paul Gauguin: Conversation (Les Parau Parau), 1891
Paul Gauguin: Piti Teina (Two Sisters), 1892
Henri Matisse, 1869-1954: Le Cadeau, 102-5/16 x 153-7/8". Cocept for decorative theme he intended to realize for the Shchukin palace in Moscow... a dance, that wild round taking place on a hilltop... realizing with primal, irreducible means, the artists expression of interior vision with perfect relevance"
Henri Matisse: The Painters Family
Pablo Picasso: Head of a Woman or Portrait of Genevieve
Pablo Picasso: Two Sisters (The Visit), 1902
Pablo Picasso: Young Woman
Maurice Utrillo: Rue Custine in Montmartre, 1909
Palace Square: Winter Palace. 1754-62. F.-B. Rastrelli. The Alexander Column. 183-34. A. de Montferrand, B. Orlovski (as seen from window of Impressionist room)