Art. Homage to Italy at the Hermitage

St. Petersburg –   Starting from March 26th the Hermitage in St. Petersburg has started an initiative of great cultural importance addressed to our country: 10 virtual visits in Italian language dedicated to the Italian collections kept in the museum.  The initiative aims to build a bridge between Italy and Russia at a time of great difficulty, as the director of the museum Michajl Pjotrovskij claims in the introduction video. “By telling Italian art – at the Hermitage – he says – we would like to express our solidarity with our Italian friends who are facing the epidemic. It is not the first misfortune that our countries are facing, but we will manage it. Art helps to live and survive and the history of Italy is the most eloquent demonstration of this”.

The virtual visits, which will take place weekly, will be dedicated above all to the very rich Italian collections preserved in St. Petersburg, which boast masterpieces by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Raffaello, Canova and many others. More than 300 are, in fact, the masterpieces on display in the Italian Painting Rooms, which Pasquale Terracciano, Italian Ambassador to the Russian Federation, underlines in his video of thanks to the Hermitage, “are the most evident evidence of the existence of an ancient cultural bridge between Italy and Russia that has been increasingly consolidated over the years through exhibitions and exchanges promoted with the most important Italian museum institutions”.

The first visit, which featured the Noble Rooms of the Winter Palace and recorded over 140,000 views, will be followed by another nine: Walking through the Hermitage,. The year of Leonardo and Raphael; The restoration of the frescoes of Raphael’s school; Stroll through Venice in Northern Venice; The Tsar’s wardrobe; History of costume; Walks in the General Staff to discover contemporary art.

The dates of the next events can be consulted on the website of the Italian Cultural Institute of St. Petersburg.

The event is coordinated by Ermitage Italia in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of St. Petersburg.


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