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Armorial Hall/War Gallery of 1812/St. George's (Large Throne) Hall
Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg
, Russia

Armorial Hall

War Gallery of 1812

St. George (Large Throne) Hall

Armorial Hall of the Winter Palace

"The Armorial Hall of the Winter Palace was intended for grand receptions. It was created by Vasily Stasov in the late 1830s. The entrances to the hall are flanked by sculptural groups of early Russian warriors. Attached to the shafts of their banners were little shields bearing the arms of the Russian provinces, which gave the hall its name.

"The slender columns supporting the balustraded gallery, the frieze with acanthus-leaf ornament and the overall combination of white and gold create an impression of majestic grandeur." - Hermitage Official Website



Extensive gilding.


Far left: Statues of warriors



Gilded   .......    Corinthian columns



GildingBalustrade  supported by modillions ..... Scroll acanthus leaves on frieze ..... Corinthian columns
War Gallery of 1812, Winter Palace

"The War Gallery of 1812 was created in 1826 to the deign of Carlo Rossi to commemorate Russia's victory over Napoleonic France. Its walls carry 332 portraits of generals who fought in the war of 1812 and the foreign campaign of 1813-14. They were painted by the English artist George Dawe with the assistance of Wilhelm Golike and Alexander Poliakov."  - Hermitage Official Website


Large painting:     Equestrian portrait of Alexander I (Wikipedia: Alexander I)


Ceiling: Skylight and   grisaille painting




Grisaille painting



  Corinthian columns






Grisaille painting




St George (Large Throne) Hall of the Winter Palace

"The St George (Large Throne) Hall in the Winter Palace was created in the early 1840s by Vasily Stasov who followed the compositional approach of his predecessor, Giacomo Quarenghi. The columned hall with two tiers of windows is finished with Carrara marble and ormolu.

  "The great imperial throne was made in London to a commission from Empress Anna Ioannovna (by Nicholas Clausen, 1731-32). The hall has a magnificent parquet floor made from 16 varieties of wood. The grand decor of the hall accords with its function as the setting for official ceremonies and receptions."
Hermitage Official Website


Rococo style






Coffered ceiling






Gilded   balustrade







  The great imperial throne was made in London to a commission from Empress Anna Ioannovna (by Nicholas Clausen, 1731-32).




The hall has a magnificent parquet floor made from 16 varieties of wood.




Photos and their arrangement 2010 Chuck LaChiusa
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