The Hermitage

250 Masterworks

Author: Hermitage Museum

Publisher: Skira

ISBN: 9780847842094

Category: Art

Page: 272

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Highlights from the palatial Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, are beautifully reproduced in an accessible volume celebrating the museum's 250th anniversary. For 250 years, the State Hermitage Museum has been one of the world's most palatial and significant museums. The Hermitage collections were developed beginning in 1764 by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, and now encompass more than 3 million works of art and artifacts displayed within a spectacular architectural ensemble, the heart of which is the famed Winter Palace. Now, on this important anniversary, this stunning volume captures the masterpieces that make this world-famous institution a cultural destination and a global treasure. The Hermitage: 250 Masterworks explores this sumptuous collection in the manner of a private tour, showcasing the museum's extraordinary and uniquely underpublished treasures: no other institution has thirty-six Rembrandts; works by Italian Renaissance artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian; Spanish artists such as Vel++zquez, Ribera, and Murillo; Flemish baroque artists such as van Dyck, Rubens, and Jan Brueghel the Elder; impressionist and post-impressionist works by Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, and Degas; and modern paintings by Matisse, Picasso, Malevich, and Kandinsky. Priceless antiquities, feats of mechanical engineering such as the famous Peacock Clock, and works of sculpture and decorative arts will also be shown. With lavish reproductions accompanied by texts by the museum's leading curators, this volume is sure be cherished by art lovers around the world.

A Better World is Possible

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Social Progress

Author: Georgina Ferry

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782833854

Category: Social Science

Page: 271

View: 5501


On 17 March 1967, the 26-year-old David Sainsbury wrote out a cheque for 5 and established the trust which would become the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Gatsby's purpose was ambitious: to make the world a better place by taking on some of the social, economic and scientific challenges that face humanity. In recent years, Gatsby has spent around 50m annually on charitable activities, and by its 50th anniversary in 2017 it will have spent over 1bn on programmes that range from reducing poverty in Africa to raising the standard of technical education, investigating how plants fight disease, and finding out how the brain works. But despite Gatsby's wide reach and the level of its donations, it has always functioned discreetly and out of the public eye. Georgina Ferry's in-depth account reveals its achievements and invites us to question how the super-rich - and even the moderately affluent - might spend their money more wisely and for the common good.

Dutch and Flemish Paintings from the Hermitage

Author: N.A

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 087099509X

Category: Painting, Dutch

Page: 134

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Catalog of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from March 26, 1988 to June 5, 1988, and at the Art Institute of Chicago, from Jul. 9, 1988, to Sept. 18, 1988./ Includes bibliographical references (p. 125-134).

The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia

Author: Susan Jaques

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1681771144

Category: Art

Page: 480

View: 6931


Ruthless and passionate, Catherine the Great is singularly responsible for amassing one of the most awe-inspiring collections of art in the world and turning St. Petersburg in to a world wonder. The Empress of Art brings to life the creation of this captivating woman's greatest legacy An art-oriented biography of the mighty Catherine the Great, who rose from seemingly innocuous beginnings to become one of the most powerful people in the world. A German princess who married a decadent and lazy Russian prince, Catherine mobilized support amongst the Russian nobles, playing off of her husband's increasing corruption and abuse of power. She then staged a coup that ended with him being strangled with his own scarf in the halls of the palace and herself crowned the Empress of Russia. Intelligent and determined, Catherine modeled herself off of her grandfather in-law, Peter the Great, and sought to further modernize and westernize Russia. She believed that the best way to do this was through a ravenous acquisition of art, which Catherine often used as a form of diplomacy with other powers throughout Europe. She was a self-proclaimed "glutton for art" and she would be responsible for the creation of the Hermitage, one of the largest museums in the world, second only to the Louvre. Catherine also spearheaded the further expansion of St. Petersburg, and the magnificent architectural wonder the city became is largely her doing. There are few women in history more fascinating than Catherine the Great, and for the first time, Susan Jaques brings her to life through the prism of art.

Master Paintings from the Hermitage and the State Russian Museum, Leningrad

Exhibition National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, N.Y., the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 1975-1976

Author: Gosudarstvennyi Ermitazh (Russia),National Gallery of Art (U.S.)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Painting

Page: 132

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One hundred masterpieces from the Hermitage

Impressionist and Avant-garde works at the Scuderie papali al Quirinale

Author: Alʹbert Grigorʹevich Kostenevich,Scuderie papali al Quirinale (Rome, Italy),Gosudarstvennyĭ Ėrmitazh (Russia)

Publisher: Mondadori Electa


Category: Art

Page: 267

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The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Director's Choice

Author: Mikhail Piotrovsky

Publisher: Scala Arts Publishers Incorporated

ISBN: 9781785511561

Category: Art

Page: 80

View: 892


Highlights from one of the world's finest art collections, featuring masterpieces from every period from the Italian Renaissance to the 20th century, including works by Michelangelo and Matisse via Velazquez, Van Gogh, Rubens and RenoirWorks skillfully chosen and lucidly explained by Director Mikhail PiotrovskyRichly illustrated in full color throughoutFormerly the official residences of the Tsars, the five buildings that comprise the State Hermitage Museum now house one of the finest art collections in the world. The collection is as vast and rich as its surroundings - ranging from prehistoric artifacts to post-Impressionist masterpieces. Here, renowned Director Mikhail Pietrovsky brings his unique insight and expertise to bear on the collection, presenting us with his highlights from the Museum's extensive holdings. Here you will find masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age and the Flemish Baroque, as well as Impressionist, Fauvist and Expressionist collections. The artists on display range from Michelangelo to Matisse via Velazquez, Van Gogh, Rubens and Renoir. Beautifully illustrated, this guide succeeds in condensing the Museum's array of treasures and making them accessible to all.