5 OBJECTS TO SEE IN THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM
1) The Ambassadors (Main) Staircase
It was and it is still the main entrance to the Winter Palace. In the 18th century foreign delegations and guests ascended this staircase for an audience with the Russian monarch. Nowadays, almost each tour starts from this site.
2) The Pavilion Hall
Designed in the middle of the 19th century, this Hall is a good example of eclecticism. It combines different styles – the Classical, the Italian Renaissance and the Moorish. It is called Pavilion in a French because it is very light and elegant.
3) Madonnas by Leonardo da Vinci
In the whole world only 14 paintings by Leonardo are on display. Two of them are exhibited in the Hermitage Museum - The Benois Madonna and The Litta Madonna. This is a real treasure for the Museum to have two canvases from the different periods of Leonardo's artistic career.
4) Raphael’s Loggias
It is the only in the world, natural size cope of the famous Raphael’s loggias in the Vatican Palace in Rome. The architect Giacomo Quarenhi created it in 1783-1792 by the order of Catherine II. The team of Russian artists painted the walls and the ceiling of the gallery. They spent 7 years in Italy, making copies on canvaces. 52 paintings in the vaults show the stories from the Bible and are called Raphael’s Bible.
5) French Art
The Hermitage Museum has on display the fabulous collection of French Art from the 2nd half of the 19th c. - beginning of the 20th century. Here, canvases by Monet and Renoir, Pissaro and Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh are exhibited. These painters revolutionized the traditional school of painting. They made attempts to depict the light, they tried to grasp the moment.