Hermitage Masterpieces – Legacy of Catherine the Great @ NGV

EXHI029589_RGBThis winter the exhibition Masterpieces From The Hermitage, The Legacy of Catherine the Great is coming to Melbourne in association with the National Gallery of Victoria and Art Exhibitions Australia.

Over 400 works will include four works by the renowned Rembrandt Van Rijin including Young Woman Trying on Earrings of 1657, painted 1657.

Cath the Great 1There will be other famous paintings by such defining artists as Peter Paul Rubens, Titian and Anthony Van Dyck who in c1619 painted this delightful family portrait.

During the reign of Catherine II, or Catherine the Great (1762 – 1796) one of history’s greatest advocates of beauty and the visual arts Russian art, literature, music, theatre and ballet were and remain to this day, inextricably linked to the all new city of enlightenment, St. Petersburg.

Hermitage Gallery InteriorThese works will be presented alongside a stunning showcase of treasures in the decorative arts including sixty items from her especially commissioned famous Cameo Service of porcelain made by the Sévres Porcelain Manufactory in Paris for her lover Prince Grigory Potemkin.

They will be on display from 31st July to 8th November, 2015. This will be a rich sensory experience, with architectural detailing, interior furnishings, wallpapers and a colour palette directly inspired by the interior of the galleries at The Hermitage.

Hermitage FacadeThe acquisitions Catherine the Great made in her own lifetime for the imperial collection now housed in the Hermitage Museum at Moscow, exceeded those made by the le Louvre at Paris over a period of several centuries.

She founded The Hermitage Museum in 1764 but it has only been open to the public since 1852 and has over three million items in its holdings including a new wing that was only added in 2014 adding 800 more rooms.

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Captured in formidable style by painter Alexander Roslin, Catherine the Great (1762 – 1796) was one of history’s greatest advocates of beauty and the visual arts in the all new city of enlightenment, St. Petersburg.

We will report again closer to the show. For the Diary Masterpieces From The Hermitage, The Legacy of Catherine the Great 31 July – 8th November, 2015 – BUY TICKETS

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