Today's post mixes art and history. Specifically, it's about one of the greatest art museums in the world - Hermitage. Hermitage, located in St. Petersburg is a State Museum of Russia and its collection rivals that of the Louvre. Hermitage consists of six buildings, although only some of them are open to public. Four of the buildings are called the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage.
|Catherine the Great|
The collection continued to expand in the 19th century through acquisitions by Alexander I and Nicholas I. After the Revolution of 1917, the buildings of the Hermitage and the Winter Palace were merged together as the State museum and collectively called Hermitage.
|Small Italian Skylight Room|
|Room of Modern Sculpture|
The museum contains works by Titian, Rafael, Leonardo da Vinci, Velasquez, El Greco, Michaelengelo, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and hundreds more artists, including many famous Russian painters. It also holds amazing exhibitions of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, European decorative art, and even Prehistoric art.
|Leonardo da Vinci at Hermitage|
|Raphael at Hermitage|
|Matisse at Hermitage|