Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Hermitage without Paintings

May 24, 2013 in St. Petersburg Russia. We visit the Hermitage and are awed and dazzled. I have split our experience into two posts. This blog is "Hermitage without Paintings" . The other blog is "Hermitage with Paintings"

The Museum

The State Hermitage is a museum complex of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852Wikipedia
The Winter Palace is the biggest building in the entire museum complex of the Hermitage. The Winter Palace has been calculated to contain 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows, 1,500 rooms and 117 staircases
The whimsical shapes of the window and door casings, the splendid Corinthian capitals of the columns, ... and the festive colour of the walls lend a sumptuousness to The Winter Palace which is characteristic of the Russian Baroque style.
Anatoly (left), our excellent guide

The Winter Palace

The painting in the Hermitage are huge low and are easily seen
Some frames are as valuable as the artwork within

The floors are wood and exquisite

Camille Pissarro "Boulevard Montmartre. sunny Afternoon"

Alfred Sisley "Villeneuve-la-Garenne"

Ideas from the Hermitage for Redecorating Your House

Oh, no, not again!

Artwork in high and low places

Picaso vase

Exquisite curtains and drapes in every room

Consider the richness of red and gold in a room

Furniture can be decorative and functional, too

Classy Kitchens

Love it!

Columns impress!

From the hermitage we visited Catherine's Palace and Paul's Palace...

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