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Hermitage Takes Center Stage in Tokyo

©The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, 2017-18 “The Stolen Kiss” by Jean-Honore Fragonard and Marguerite Gerard (late 1780s)

©The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, 2017-18 “The Stolen Kiss” by Jean-Honore Fragonard and Marguerite Gerard (late 1780s)

An exhibition of masterpieces from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is now under way in Tokyo, presenting great works from the collection amassed by successive emperors and empresses of the Russian empire.

Nobuyuki Senzoku, professor emeritus at Seijo University and the exhibition’s supervisor, describes some of the highlights from “Old Masters from the State Hermitage Museum,” which is being held at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi.

Nobuyuki Senzoku writes: There are museums in the world where just walking through them is enough to make visitors feel tired. The State Hermitage Museum is one such facility, in addition to the Louvre and the British Museum.

The Hermitage Museum refers to a complex consisting of the Winter Palace, which was built as a companion of the Summer Palace, along with several Hermitage buildings — new and old, big and small — that were added under orders from Catherine II, the founder of the museum.

©The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, 2017-18 “The Virgin and Child beneath an Apple Tree” by Lucas Cranach I (c. 1530)

©The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, 2017-18 “The Virgin and Child beneath an Apple Tree” by Lucas Cranach I (c. 1530)

The name “hermitage” does not match the huge museum, which has more than 17,000 items just in its collection of European oil paintings. On display at the ongoing exhibition are 85 masterpieces representing the best of the best of the collection.

While the Hermitage Museum boasts an excellent collection of paintings from the modern era focusing on Impressionist works, this exhibition is centered on old masters … (read more)

via The Japan News

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