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Interior View, State Hermitage Museum
Interior View, State Hermitage Museum
1998 by The Hermitage Museum, All rights reserved.

Interior View, State Hermitage Museum

State Hermitage Museum
Exterior View, State Hermitage Museum

Exterior View, State Hermitage Museum

Interior View, State Hermitage Museum
1998 by The Hermitage Museum, All rights reserved.

Interior View, State Hermitage Museum

State Hermitage Museum
Interior View, State Hermitage Museum

Interior View, State Hermitage Museum

The collection of the State Hermitage Museum includes more than three million works of art and artefacts including paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material. The main architectural ensemble of the Hermitage situated in the centre of St. Petersburg consists of the Winter Palace, the former state residence of the Russian emperors, the buildings of the Small, Old (Great) and New Hermitages, the Hermitage Theatre and the Auxiliary House. The museum complex also includes the Menshikov Palace and the Eastern Wing of the General Staff building, the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre and the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory.

Collection Highlights


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Bear, Perm Region, Russia
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James Cox

The Peacock Clock
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Aquamanile Shaped like an Eagle. Iraq (?)
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Pablo Picasso

Brick Factory at Tortosa
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Claude Monet

Waterloo Bridge. Effect of Fog
State Hermitage Museum: Collection Highlights
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Bear, Perm Region, Russia, 5th-9th century
bronze, 9.1 x 3.7 cm.
The bronze bear man figurine is a tribal fetish. It depicts the ancestor, protector of the people belonging to the Bear clan. The fetish was used as an amulet and also during the Bear festivities and rites. The bear is depicted in a very expressive natural posture of a beast, meaning protection, threat or deterrence. In this way a bear protects its cubs. The anthropomorphic image on the beast's breast indicates that this is a bear-man. On his body are two anthropomorphic images of his parents: his old father in the guise of a bear-man and his old mother depicted as a woman.
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James Cox

The Peacock Clock, 1770s
bronze, silver and strasses
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Aquamanile Shaped like an Eagle. Iraq (?), 796-797
bronze (brass), silver, copper, cast and decorated with inlay, h. 38 cm
This bronze (or brass) figure of an eagle was originally an aquamanile or water-jug, although the opening in the lower part of the body, between the feet, prompts the suggestion that at some time this object served as a weathervane. It is very interesting and important for the history of bronze-working in the Near East after the spread of Islam to the region to note that this figure retains remnants of silver and copper inlay. The art of inlay-work made tremendous advances in this region in the 12th to 14th century and brought fame to the coppersmiths of the Islamic world. The eagle's neck carries an Arabic inscription in the plain Kufic script. The figure of an eagle is the oldest precisely dated bronze object from the Near East after the arrival of the new, Islamic religion.
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Pablo Picasso

Brick Factory at Tortosa, 1909
oil on canvas, 50.7 cm x 60.2 cm
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Claude Monet

Waterloo Bridge. Effect of Fog, 1903
oil on canvas, 65.3 cm x 101 cm
This is just one of a series of famous views of London created by Monet during the later Impressionist period. The urban theme was making its appearance not for the first time in his work, although Monet concentrated mainly on rural landscapes. In his cycle of London works, fog was the central motif--the marvellous way in which it changed light and air and the very atmosphere, literally swallowing up buildings. The capturing of the moment's passing impression was replaced by an analysis of complex colour nuances in flickering, changing light. The artist's trips to London in 1889, 1900 and 1901 seemed to fall always in the foggy season. From his room in the Savoy Hotel, Monet had a view over the Thames towards Waterloo Bridge. The Hermitage canvas comes from a series showing this very view, works which were completed in the artist's studio at Giverny.

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