Hermitage Museum - Table of Contents ............... Architecture Around the World
Armorial Hall/War Gallery of 1812/St. George's (Large Throne) Hall
Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg, Russia
|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
Far left: Statues of warriors
Gilded ....... Corinthian columns
Gilding: Balustrade 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
|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
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.