Sandro Botticelli, Saint Jerome, 1498–1505, Tempera on canvas.
The exhibition “Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg – Vienna. Masterpieces of Museum Collections” in the Twelve-Column Hall of the New Hermitage presents an original joint project of the State Hermitage and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Each museum is contributing fourteen paintings that form pairs on the basis of similar subjects, proximity in time or being by the same artist.
The exhibition presents works by famous painters (Botticelli, Tintoretto, Rembrandt and Van Dyck) that give a general impression of the development of Western European painting from the time of the Renaissance to early Neo-Classicism. The display is based on the juxtaposing of pictures, making up fourteen harmonious pairs. This principle allows the viewer to better understand the characteristics of each collection and the masterpieces present in it, while also bringing out the affinity between the two museums.
(Photo courtesy of and ©State Hermitage.)