Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia)

The State Hermitage / Federal Cultural Institution

The State Hermitage / Federal Cultural Institution (Hermitage Museum) in St. Petersburg, Russia was photographed by Dezidor on May 21, 2008.
The State Hermitage / Federal Cultural Institution (Hermitage Museum) in St. Petersburg, Russia was photographed by Dezidor on May 21, 2008. | Source

St. Petersburg's Name Changes

Year
Name of the City
1703
St. Petersburg
1914
Petrograd
1924
Leningrad
1991
St. Petersburg
This table lists the names by the which the city of St. Petersburg has been known since its founding in 1703.

Cultural Center and Russia's Second Largest City

St. Petersburg was founded on May 27, 1703 by Tsar (Czar) Peter the Great. It is Russia's second largest city and a major cultural center in Europe. Located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland, St. Petersburg is a major Russian port on the Baltic Sea.

There are more than 200 museums in St. Petersburg, many of them located in historic buildings. The largest museum in the city is The State Hermitage, also known as the Federal Cultural Institution, and more popularly called "the Hermitage."

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Origin of The State Hermitage

Architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli (1700-1771) received a commission from Empress Elizabeth Petrovna to design and construct a Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.

The project, which took eight years to complete, was finished in 1762—just in time for Empress Catherine II to succeed Empress Elizabeth Petrovna on the throne.

The State Hermitage began as the private art collection of Catherine II, with buildings being added to the Winter Palace complex to house the art.

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The State Hermitage's Timeline of Construction and Acquisitions

The tables which follow indicate when buildings were added to the Winter Palace complex and when collections were acquired for the Hermitage. Key historical facts are also included.

18th Century

Year
Event
1774-1764
Construction of the Winter Palace,
1762
Accession of Catherine II to the throne.
1764
Empress Catherine II purchased Johann Ernest Gotzkowski's collection.This was Catherine II's first purchase for the museum.
1764-1775
Construction of the Small Hermitage.
1769
Purchase of Count Heinrich von Bruhl's collection.
1771-1787
Construction of the Great Hermitage.
1772
Purchase of Baron Pierre Crozat's collection.
1779
Purchase of the Walpole collection.
1781
Purchase of Count Baudouin's collection.
1783
Construction of the Hermitage Theatre.
1787
Purchase of the London collection of John Lyde-Brown.
1795
Creation of the St. George Hall.

15th through 19th Century Paintings Acquired by the Hermitage

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Portrait of a Young Man was painted in 1518 by Ambrosius Holbein (c 1494 – c 1519).Landscape with a River was painted in 1866 by Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910).Bank of Frozen Sea (Winter Landscape) was painted in 1839 by Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910).Countess Anna Protassowa with Niece was painted in 1788 by Maria Anna Angelika Kauffmann (1741-1807).Portrait of a Woman was painted during the period 1780 to 1785 by Maria Anna Angelika Kauffmann (1741-1807).Anselm Feuerbach (1829-1880) painted this self-portrait circa 1854.Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) painted this self-portrait circa 1618 to 1619.This portrait of Christoph Johann Friedrich Medem, Privy Councillor [councilman] in the Russian service and Russian Ambassador to the United States was painted by Anton Graff (1736-1813) in 1796. Anton Graff (1736-1813) painted this portrait of George Leopold Gogel in 1796.Anton Graff (1736-1813) painted Portrait of a Man in 1798.This portrait of Friedrich Hoffmann was painted by Balthasar Denner (1685-1749) in 1726.Reception of a French Ambassador in Venice was painted by Canaletto (1697-1768) circa 1740.View of the Coliseum by Night was painted by Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869) circa 1830.Moonrise over the Sea was painted by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) circa 1820.On the Sailing Vessel was painted by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) in 1818.Morning was painted in 1858 by Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878).Flowers and Fruit was painted in 1689 by Christian Berentz (1658-1722).Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Glove was painted by Franz Hals (1582-1666) circa 1650This painting of Judith by Giogione (1477-1510) was created circa 1504.Michaelangelo Caravaggio (1573-1610) painted The Lute Player circa 1595.
Portrait of a Young Man was painted in 1518 by Ambrosius Holbein (c 1494 – c 1519).
Portrait of a Young Man was painted in 1518 by Ambrosius Holbein (c 1494 – c 1519). | Source
Landscape with a River was painted in 1866 by Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910).
Landscape with a River was painted in 1866 by Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910). | Source
Bank of Frozen Sea (Winter Landscape) was painted in 1839 by Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910).
Bank of Frozen Sea (Winter Landscape) was painted in 1839 by Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910). | Source
Countess Anna Protassowa with Niece was painted in 1788 by Maria Anna Angelika Kauffmann (1741-1807).
Countess Anna Protassowa with Niece was painted in 1788 by Maria Anna Angelika Kauffmann (1741-1807). | Source
Portrait of a Woman was painted during the period 1780 to 1785 by Maria Anna Angelika Kauffmann (1741-1807).
Portrait of a Woman was painted during the period 1780 to 1785 by Maria Anna Angelika Kauffmann (1741-1807). | Source
Anselm Feuerbach (1829-1880) painted this self-portrait circa 1854.
Anselm Feuerbach (1829-1880) painted this self-portrait circa 1854. | Source
Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) painted this self-portrait circa 1618 to 1619.
Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) painted this self-portrait circa 1618 to 1619. | Source
This portrait of Christoph Johann Friedrich Medem, Privy Councillor [councilman] in the Russian service and Russian Ambassador to the United States was painted by Anton Graff (1736-1813) in 1796.
This portrait of Christoph Johann Friedrich Medem, Privy Councillor [councilman] in the Russian service and Russian Ambassador to the United States was painted by Anton Graff (1736-1813) in 1796. | Source
Anton Graff (1736-1813) painted this portrait of George Leopold Gogel in 1796.
Anton Graff (1736-1813) painted this portrait of George Leopold Gogel in 1796. | Source
Anton Graff (1736-1813) painted Portrait of a Man in 1798.
Anton Graff (1736-1813) painted Portrait of a Man in 1798. | Source
This portrait of Friedrich Hoffmann was painted by Balthasar Denner (1685-1749) in 1726.
This portrait of Friedrich Hoffmann was painted by Balthasar Denner (1685-1749) in 1726. | Source
Reception of a French Ambassador in Venice was painted by Canaletto (1697-1768) circa 1740.
Reception of a French Ambassador in Venice was painted by Canaletto (1697-1768) circa 1740. | Source
View of the Coliseum by Night was painted by Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869) circa 1830.
View of the Coliseum by Night was painted by Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869) circa 1830. | Source
Moonrise over the Sea was painted by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) circa 1820.
Moonrise over the Sea was painted by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) circa 1820. | Source
On the Sailing Vessel was painted by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) in 1818.
On the Sailing Vessel was painted by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) in 1818. | Source
Morning was painted in 1858 by Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878).
Morning was painted in 1858 by Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878). | Source
Flowers and Fruit was painted in 1689 by Christian Berentz (1658-1722).
Flowers and Fruit was painted in 1689 by Christian Berentz (1658-1722). | Source
Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Glove was painted by Franz Hals (1582-1666) circa 1650
Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Glove was painted by Franz Hals (1582-1666) circa 1650 | Source
This painting of Judith by Giogione (1477-1510) was created circa 1504.
This painting of Judith by Giogione (1477-1510) was created circa 1504. | Source
Michaelangelo Caravaggio (1573-1610) painted The Lute Player circa 1595.
Michaelangelo Caravaggio (1573-1610) painted The Lute Player circa 1595. | Source

19th Century

Year
Event
1815
Purchase of Empress Josephine's collection.
1825
Emperor Nicholas I's accession to the throne.
1826
Creation of the Military Gallery of 1812 by Carlo Rossi.
1830-1840
Finishing of the interiors designed by Alexander Bryulov.
1833
Creation of the Field Marshals' Hall and Peter I's Room (Small Throne Room) by architect Auguste Montferrand.
1837
>>> Fire in the Winter Palace. <<<
1840
Reconstruction of the state halls of the Winter Palace by Vasily Stasov following the fire of 1837.
1850
Purchase of the Cristoforo Barbarigo collection.
1852
Opening of the Imperial Museum of the New Hermitage.
1858
Construction of the Pavilion Hall by architect Andrei Stakenschneider.
1860
Creation of state rooms in the Large Hermitage by architect Andrei Stakenschneider.
1861
Purchase of the Marquis Gian Pietro Campana collection.
1865
Purchase of Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna and Child (Litta Madonna).
1870
Purchase of Raphael’s Madonna and Child (Conestabile Madonna).
1884
Purchase of the Alexander Basilewski collection
1885
Transfer to the Hermitage of the Imperial Tsarskoye Selo Arsenal collection.
1895
Emperor Nicholas II's accession to the throne.

Cézanne, Gaugin, and van Gogh Paintings Acquired by the Hermitage

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Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted On the Banks of the Marne in 1888.Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Man with a Pipe in 1890Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Large Pine with Red Fields circa 1895.Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Road at Sainte-Victoire Mountain circa 1898-1902.Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Street in Front of Sainte-Victoire Mountain circa 1898-1902.Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Viaduct in 1887.Paul Gauguin painted The Ford in 1901.Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Sacred Spring: Sweet Dreams in 1894.Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Women on the Edge of the Sea (also known as Maternity I) in 1899.Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Conversation in 1891.Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Where Are You Going? (also known as Woman Holding a Fruit) in 1893.Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) painted Arena at Arles / Spectators in the Arena at Arles in December 1888.Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) painted Lilac Bush (Lilacs) in May 1889 in Saint-Rémy.Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) painted Memory of the Garden at Etten (Ladies of Arles) in November 1888.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted On the Banks of the Marne in 1888.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted On the Banks of the Marne in 1888. | Source
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Man with a Pipe in 1890
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Man with a Pipe in 1890 | Source
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Large Pine with Red Fields circa 1895.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Large Pine with Red Fields circa 1895. | Source
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Road at Sainte-Victoire Mountain circa 1898-1902.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Road at Sainte-Victoire Mountain circa 1898-1902. | Source
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Street in Front of Sainte-Victoire Mountain circa 1898-1902.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Street in Front of Sainte-Victoire Mountain circa 1898-1902. | Source
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Viaduct in 1887.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted Viaduct in 1887. | Source
Paul Gauguin painted The Ford in 1901.
Paul Gauguin painted The Ford in 1901. | Source
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Sacred Spring: Sweet Dreams in 1894.
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Sacred Spring: Sweet Dreams in 1894. | Source
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Women on the Edge of the Sea (also known as Maternity I) in 1899.
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Women on the Edge of the Sea (also known as Maternity I) in 1899. | Source
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Conversation in 1891.
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Conversation in 1891. | Source
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Where Are You Going? (also known as Woman Holding a Fruit) in 1893.
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) painted Where Are You Going? (also known as Woman Holding a Fruit) in 1893. | Source
Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) painted Arena at Arles / Spectators in the Arena at Arles in December 1888.
Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) painted Arena at Arles / Spectators in the Arena at Arles in December 1888. | Source
Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) painted Lilac Bush (Lilacs) in May 1889 in Saint-Rémy.
Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) painted Lilac Bush (Lilacs) in May 1889 in Saint-Rémy. | Source
Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) painted Memory of the Garden at Etten (Ladies of Arles) in November 1888.
Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) painted Memory of the Garden at Etten (Ladies of Arles) in November 1888. | Source

20th Century

Year
Event
1914
Purchase of Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna with a Flower (Benois Madonna).
1914
Start of World War I. A hospital is opened in state rooms of the Winter Palace.
1917
The February Revolution and Emperor Nicholas II's abdication.
1917
The October Revolution removes the Provisional Government.
1917
The Winter Palace and the Hermitage are declared state museums.
1920
The Hermitage transfers 460 items to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
1920-1930
Acquisition of items from nationalized private collections.
1932-1934
Sale of Hermitage collections and transfer of works of art to museums of the Union Republics of the USSR.
1941
Start of World War II. Evacuation of the Hermitage collections to the Ural Mountains.
1945
Reopening of the Hermitage after the conclusion of World War II.
1948
Acquisition of a collection of late 19th – early 20th century European paintings from the former collections of Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov.
1964
The 200th anniversary of the Hermitage.
1967
First donation by L.N. Delektorskaya of works by Henri Matisse.
1981
Opening of a museum in the Menshikov Palace—a new branch of The State Hermitage.
1992
Opening of the display "The Winter Palace of Peter I" in the Hermitage Theatre building.
1995
The exhibition "Hidden Treasures Revealed" opened.
1996
By decree of Russian President Boris Yeltsin, The State Hermitage was placed under the direct patronage of the President of the Russian Federation.
1997
Rembrandt van Rijn's Danae was returned to public viewing following restoration work.
1999
Exhibitions opened in a new museum building, the Eastern Wing of the General Staff building.
2000
The Hermitage Rooms in Somerset House, London opened.

Restored Paintings in the Hermitage's Collections

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The Annunciation was painted by Cima da Conegliano (1460-1518) in 1495. This photograph of the painting was taken in December 2008—before the painting’s restoration, which was completed in 2011.Flight into Egypt was painted by Titian circa 1512. This photograph of the painting was taken in April 2011—after the 1997 restoration of the painting,
The Annunciation was painted by Cima da Conegliano (1460-1518) in 1495. This photograph of the painting was taken in December 2008—before the painting’s restoration, which was completed in 2011.
The Annunciation was painted by Cima da Conegliano (1460-1518) in 1495. This photograph of the painting was taken in December 2008—before the painting’s restoration, which was completed in 2011. | Source
Flight into Egypt was painted by Titian circa 1512. This photograph of the painting was taken in April 2011—after the 1997 restoration of the painting,
Flight into Egypt was painted by Titian circa 1512. This photograph of the painting was taken in April 2011—after the 1997 restoration of the painting, | Source

21st Century

Year
Event
2001
Opening of the Hermitage-Guggenheim Exhibition Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2002
Transfer of Kasimir Malevich’s painting Black Square to The State Hermitage.
2003
Creation of The State Hermitage's Board of Trustees.
2003
Opening of the Great Courtyard of the Winter Palace and the new entrance to The State Hermitage from Palace Square.
2003
Inauguration of the Museum of the Guards in the General Staff building.
2004
Opening of the Hermitage-Amsterdam Exhibition Complex in the Netherlands.
2005
Opening of the Hermitage-Kazan Exhibition Centre.
2006
The Year of Rembrandt in The State Hermitage.
2007
Opening of the Hermitage-Italy Centre in Ferrara.
2008
Beginning of the restoration project in the eastern wing of the General Staff building.
2009
Opening of the Hermitage-Amsterdam Centre in the Amstelhof building in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2009
Transfer of the Alexander Column monument to the operational management of The State Hermitage.
2009
Acquisition of a collection of 19th century graphic art and 18th century porcelain from the Galerie Popoff.
2010
Opening of the Hermitage-Vyborg Exhibition Centre in Vyborg, Russia.
2010
Completion of the first phase of the restoration of the eastern wing of the General Staff building.
February 25, 2011
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree "On Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of The State Hermitage Museum Foundation."
2011
An organizing committee is established for the preparation and holding of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of The State Hermitage.
2011
Presentation after restoration of the painting The Annunciation by Cima da Conegliano. (The painting is showcased after this table.)
2011
Herculaneum Antiquities is the first exhibition in The Hermitage's restored General Staff building.
2012
Presentation after restoration of Titian's painting The Flight into Egypt.
2012
Acquisition of George Machere and Nadya Volkonskaya's collection.

The Hermitage’s Armor Collection

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Knights’ HallKnights’ HallMailed Knights in Knights’ HallThese helmets are works of art.
Knights’ Hall
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Knights’ Hall
Knights’ Hall | Source
Mailed Knights in Knights’ Hall
Mailed Knights in Knights’ Hall | Source
These helmets are works of art.
These helmets are works of art. | Source

Hours

Main Museum Complex
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30am to 6:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30am to 9:00pm

Branches
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am to 5:00pm

December 31: 10:30am to 5:00pm

Closed January 1 and May 9

Location

2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad
(Dvortsovaya Square)
St. Petersburg, Russia

Admission Prices

Citizens of Russia and Belarus:
300 rubles
Children and students, regardless of nationality: free
Russian senior citizens: free
Everyone else: 400 rubles

First Thursday of the month: free admission for everyone

Vladimir Putin Visits the Hermitage

Then-President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin visited the Hermitage in 2008. The source for this photo is the Presidential Press and Information Office.
Then-President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin visited the Hermitage in 2008. The source for this photo is the Presidential Press and Information Office. | Source

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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

I have visited The Hermitage and its contents and it is truly a fascinating experience. The building itself is beautiful to see and the paintings there are exquisite. I didn't know part of it was a hospital during WWI. Interesting hub, Daisy. I enjoyed reading this and it brought back great memories.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Suzette,

Thanks for reading my article and being the first person to comment in it.

The Hermitage has so many wonderful paintings, sculptures, pieces of armor, and decorative items in its collections. I was very pleased that I found so many images in the public domain that I could include in my Hub.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Wow, what a comprehensive hub. very enjoyable read, and what a great collection of artworks are on display ther. thanks for sharing.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Daisy, what an amazing, fascinating hub! The paintings are wonderful, I would love to visit the Hermitage, a great read, voted up and shared! nell


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

The Annunciation photo is especially beautiful.


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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Daisy. Wow, I'll have to add this to my list of places to visit. Looks beautiful. Thanks for introducing this to us. Voted up, shared, etc.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Extraordinary and superb hub, Daisy. I so enjoyed the history and the paintings. The detailed information is great. Thank you so much for publishing this hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Jodah),

Thanks for reading my latest museum article and posting your comment.

St. Petersburg is an amazing cultural center. Can you imagine a city having more than 200 museums? There are more museums in St. Petersburg than there are in New York City.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

Visiting Russia...and touring the Hermitage...has been on my travel bucket list for a long time. I hope I'm able to travel to Russia some day.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

ologsinquito,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bill (bdegiulio),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

I know you enjoy traveling. I hope you get to visit Russia some day.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Phyllis,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

I'm glad I found so many photographs of the paintings in the Hermitage's collections to share with everyone.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

I find it difficult to imagine any city having 200 museums. It must really be an art and cultural hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Jodah),

Thanks for visiting again. From what I found while doing the research for this article, St. Petersburg *is* a cultural hub.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Incredible Daisy. Thanks for the fantastic tour. Truly a place where you could get lost among all that art and culture but also something that should be seen. Passing this on.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rasma (Gypsy Rose Lee),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your very kinds words. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

According to Google Maps, the drive from Riga, Latvia to St. Petersburg, Russia is a little over seven hours. Have you ever thought about visiting St. Petersburg?


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, would love to visit this place someday. The paintings are beautiful. I hope I get to visit at least a few of the 200 museums. Interesting and informative hub. Voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. St. Petersburg has at least 75 more museums than New York City. I'll have to do some research and learn something about these museums.


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Wonderful post about facts I didn't Know


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

MG Singh,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. If you're interested in museums, I hope you'll have a chance to read some of my other Hubs.


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janetwrites 2 years ago from Georgia country

A very interesting and fascinating hub about the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. So great you found so wonderful paintings you could use for this hub. I haven't been to St. Petersburg yet but my husband who has been there when he was a student told me it is a fascinating cultural place.


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

I will never get to visit this amazing place. Thanks for sharing this information and great photos. I've always been fascinated by the name changes. Thanks, again! ;-)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Haven't thought about it Daisy but perhaps someday. I know it is a beautiful and incredible city so it would be interesting to see plus of course Hermitage.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Janet,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. You live a lot closer to St. Petersburg than I do, so for you a visit is a possibility.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bill,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. The name changes are an interesting bit of St. Petersburg's history.

Wikimedia Commons is my favorite source for legally-attributable images. If I don't use my own photographs in my Hubs, I can find what I need in Wikimedia Commons nearly every time I write an article.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rasma (Gypsy Rose Lee),

Thanks for visiting again. My grandparents were either from Russia or were ethnically Russian from a neighboring country. It would be wonderful to visit Russia some day.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Sounds amazing. I doubt I'll ever find myself in Russia anytime soon but thank you for this great info. He was clearly trying to present Wicca in the most positive, friendly, non-threatening light possible.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sage (WiccanSage),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Outstanding Hub! The photos are so beautiful and the actual design of the museum has a unique feature. Sounds a great idea to learn more.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Devika (DDE),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your very kind words. The Hermitage has a wonderful collection of art. I found a lot more photographs of items in the museum's collections than I include in my Hub. Perhaps I'll add more images at a later date.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Daisy, I love your pictorial lessons in history. The paintings in this hub are beautiful. Some are even life-like. Thanx for the lesson - love it!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Shauna (bravewarrior),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

The Hermitage has acquired wonderful collections of art. I would love to tour the museum some day.


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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Great hub, Daisy! Great choice of pictures as well!

The Hermitage is a huge museum; I had the chance to visit it about 2 years ago... the guide had us almost running because there are so many things to see. If I ever chance to go back, I hope to have more time to visit it and enjoy many things I didn't had the occasion to visit in this huge museum!

Have a great day!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Joelle (kidscrafts),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. It would seem that to see the significant pieces of art in the Hermitage, one would need most of a day.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Your article is my only opportunity to visit the Hermitage Museum through its rich history. Voted Up and Interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

MsDora,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the virtual tour of St. Petersburg via my Hub.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Daisy, Russia is one area that would be so interesting to visit. I visualize cold and gray buildings when I hear of the country, but after looking at your post, I can see there is much more to it.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

Russia is a country that's been on my "to visit" list for the longest time. My maternal grandmother was from a suburb of Moscow. My other three grandparents were ethnic Russian from nearby countries...Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania. It would be wonderful to visit the communities where they lived.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

My mother has been lucky enough to see the Hermitage and said it was absolutely incredible. Maybe one day I'll get a chance too. I love the interesting timeline history.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Glimmer,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. How fortunate your mother is to have visited the Hermitage!

I was surprised by the amount of information I found involving the Hermitage. Timeline charts for each century seemed to be the easiest way to present the information regarding the construction history and the history of the acquisition of the artwork.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

Thanks for the history lesson and timeline. Would love to visit there someday.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Deb (DeborahNeyens),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I would love to visit the Hermitage, too! I have enough frequent flier miles for a plane ticket to Europe. There are so many places I want to visit, I can't decide how to use my miles.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Came back to read and see the photos, great hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for visiting again. The Hermitage has a wonderful art collection. I can certainly understand your returning to look at the paintings a second time.


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Myke Henson 2 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for sharing this article. Russian history is a very fascinating area of study. I hope to one day be able to travel to St. Petersburg. The Hermitage is at the top of my list of sights I would like to see. It has such an extensive collection of art, it would be a privilege to view its holdings. Your selection of photographs are wonderful. Thanks again for sharing.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Myke,

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you.

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Russia is on my bucket list of places to visit, including St. Petersburg and the Hermitage. Hopefully, I'll get there one day.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

This hub is just amazing! It must have taken you a long time to gather all those pictures and information and put it in a table. If I wasn't afraid of flying this would be on my bucket list too.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Debra (Lady Guinevere),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I had wanted to publish a Hub about the Hermitage for quite some time. Finding the images wasn't difficult, but it did take a while to compile the information for the timeline. I've found that Wikimedia Commons is the best source for legally-attributable images.


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Anne Harrison 2 years ago from Australia

One day I will make here - thanks for reminding me to put it on my bucket list! An inspiring read, thanks.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Anne,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I don't know whether they're already on your bucket list to visit, but I've published several other museum Hubs you might enjoy reading.


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jackclee lm 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

Nice summary. This year 2014 is the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage Museum. A new documentary film is released called "Hermitage Revealed". Worth checking it out.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jack (jackclee lm),

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your mentioning the documentary about the Hermitage. I'll have to look for it.


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Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

Came back for another read, still so fascinating, the one thing I was going to say was Russia is always one of those countries that I never thought of visiting, because I didn't know their heritage, or amazing art, but yes I would definitely love to visit there now, a friend of mine recently came back from there and said how wonderful the country was, nell


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Lady_E 23 months ago from London, UK

The paintings are fabulous. Lovely place.


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Daisy Mariposa 23 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for reading my article another time and adding your comment. Russia is on my "to visit" list. One of my grandmothers was born in a suburb of Moscow. My other three grandparents are ethnic Russian -- born in Romania, Ukraine, and Moldova. Visiting St. Petersburg and Moscow is of interest to me.


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Daisy Mariposa 23 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Elena (Lady E),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Russia has fabulous art collections in the country's museums.


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LadyFiddler 22 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Very nice Daisy Mariposa


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teaches12345 3 months ago

I came back to visit the Hermitage collection. I am impressed with the armor collection. It resembles those one would see in Britain museums. All romantic and noble.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article another time.

St. Petersburg is on my travel bucket list. I hope to see the treasures in the Hermitage one day.


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AudreyHowitt 3 months ago from California

One of the most wondrous places --I would love to visit! Coming here is the next best thing


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Daisy Mariposa 2 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

Thanks for reading my article. Thanks, too, for posting your very kind words.

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