I've decided to include a little of everything in today's post. The Hermitage museum is simply one of the most outstanding museums in the world. Only a small percentage of its actual collection is on display because of the enormity of it. Catherine the Great started the art collection that became the basis for the Hermitage, personally collecting thousands of works of art in her lifetime.
|"The Holy Family" by Raphael|
I'll let the artist Liudmila Ronchevskaya finish the story in her own words:
"We had to hurry. The enemy was approaching the city. The restorers gave permission to cut paintings from their stretchers. That was quicker. But what does it mean - to cut a picture? The artists wouldn't do it. They cut down on their rest time and sleep."
(From Hermitage museum website)
|"Portrait of the Poet Jeremias de Decker" - Rembrandt|