Visiting A Museum Essay

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Visiting a museum. There are a lot of historical and art museums and galleries in St.-Petersburg. I’d like to tell you about the Hermitage, one of the largest and well-known museums in the world. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Second when she bought 225 pictures in Berlin. Now the Hermitage consists of five buildings. Now I’d like to tell you about pictures, sculptures and other works of art I’ve seen in the Hermitage Gallery. A great number of wonderful pictures are situated there. Everyone can find some kind of pictures to enjoy, for example, the pictures by the world’s greatest masters: Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandts, Rubens and many others. All great schools of paintings are represented there: Italian, Spanish, and German etc. A few words about sculptures. There are a lot of vases and statues in the Hermitage Gallery. Most of all I like antique statues, for example, statue of Aphrodite, and wonderful painted vases from ancient Greece. Among other outstanding works of art I saw the coach of Catherine the Second and beautiful gobelins. The collection of West-European paintings has the worldwide fame. It covers a span of about seven hundred years, from the 13th to the 20th centuries, and comprise works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Velasques, outstanding paintings by Rembrandt, Vandyke, Rubens; a remarkable group of French 18-centure canvases, and Impressionist and Post Impression paintings. My favorite hall there is devoted to works by Paul Gogen, famous French artist. Most of his bright paintings are about nature and people of Oceania. One of them, ”The woman holding a fruit”, is my favorite because of original beauty of Maori woman and image of unusual, exotic nature. The West-European collection illustrates the art of Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Britain, Holland and some other countries. The West-European Department also
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