The State Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg
The State Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg is the largest fine arts museum in Russia. Without doubt it is one of the world’s most remarkable art museums.
For example, the collection of West-European paintings is famous all over the world. It covers a time of about 700 years, from the 13th to the 20th century, and includes paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Velasquez, Raphael, Murillo, El Greco; eminent works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt; outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist canvases. The collection shows the art of such countries as France, Italy, Spain, Holland and others.
Besides paintings, the West-European section has a good collection of European sculpture, comprising works by Rodin, Michelangelo, Falconet and many other unequalled masters. Remarkably that the museum is ranked among the richest in the world in respect of Impressionist paintings.
Except of the West-European art, in the Hermitage there are departments devoted to the arts of Ancient Egypt, Greece, China, India and Pre-Columbian America, and a section devoted to prehistoric art. People come to feast their eyes upon the precious textiles and tapestries, porcelain and pottery, and also other unique things.