Treasures of Catherine the Great (London) Reviews
Description:Catherine the Great (1729-96) was probably the greatest collector of all time, accumulating over 4,000 Old Master ... more
Newest Review: ... to see the impetuous ruler's sense of humour. For example, the third rule is that visitors should "Be merry, but neither spoil not break anything, nor indeed gnaw at anything", which conjures up amusing images of visiting dignitaries setting about furniture with their teeth. Even more amusing than the rules themselves is the punishment for failing to adhere to them – ... more
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by - written on 15/04/01, updated on 16/04/01 (Very useful, 1252 readings)
The Hermitage Rooms on the South (Embankment) side of Somerset House have been designed to recreate the ambience and imperial splendour of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, home of the State Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage in St. Petersburg was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, as an extension to the Winter Palace, for her private enjoyment, and the collection grew enormously during her reign, and grew further in the reigns of succeeding Russian royalty, up until the Revolution of 1917. As a result, the Hermitage has around 3 million pieces of art work, and only the space to display about 5 per cent of that figure in its 10 kilometres of galleries. So, ... Read the complete review
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