The catalogue of an exhibition on the less well-known masterpieces of the Hermitage, especially the paintings of the Venetian school, favorites in the St. Petersburg of Catherine the Great.
[Hidden masterpieces of the Hermitage. Venetian paintings of the 1600s and 1700s from St. Petersburg] An “encyclopedic” museum, the Hermitage also contains a fine Venetian painting collection, with works by artists like Canaletto, Bellotto, Guardi, Tiepolo, Ricci, Pittoni, Longhi. The Venetian artists met with great success in the St. Petersburg of Catherine the Great, who founded the Hermitage and directed the selection of its first acquisitions.
This volume, based on the catalogue of the exhibition in Brussels (October 1998 – January 1999) created precisely to give greater visibility to these “hidden” masterpieces, is introduced by three essays on the Venetian painters in Europe, the wealth of the Venetian artistic heritage conserved in the Russian museum, and the artists summoned to the Russian court. Italian edition.