Context On Demand – The State Hermitage Museum with Vadim Malinovsky
Together we'll explore Russia’s State Hermitage Museum and view works by masters like Da Vinci and Van Gogh from your living room – and on your schedule.
Join historian Vadim Malinovsky to travel through the history of the vast collection of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum. We will learn how the museum began with a mere 300 canvases and, over 200 years later, has amassed around 3 million artifacts. Our story begins in the second half of the eighteenth century with the renowned Russian Empress Catherine the Great and ends with the dramatic events of the twentieth century, the Russian Revolution and World War II.
We will discuss great works by world-famous masters such as Da Vinci and Titian, Rembrandt and Rubens, Van Gogh, and Picasso. We will visit the official interiors of the Winter Palace and will see exhibits related to the history of Imperial Russia. After the conversation, we will understand how the incredible diversity of the rooms and collection of the Hermitage.
Led by historian Vadim Malinovsky, this webinar is an introduction to the State Hermitage Museum and its vast collection. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, this interactive webinar will give an overview of the art collection, architecture, interiors, and history of the Hermitage museum, including the Winter Palace.
As you watch the presentation, we encourage you to think about these questions:
By the time of Catherine the Great death in 1796, she had accumulated a monumental four thousand paintings that remain at the core of the Hermitage, one of the most excellent museums in the world. What do you think was Catherine's primary motivation for collecting art?
The restorers of the Hermitage museum adhere to the idea that a work of art must be cleaned minimally, considering that even the traces of the 19th century on these works of the 16th century are also marks of history. How far should restorers go in their work?
After looking at the breathtaking interiors of the Winter Palace and the Hermitage museum, knowing that in 2013 the works of impressionists and postimpressionists were moved from the Hermitage museum to the new building with white-cube rooms, what do you think about displaying contemporary art in the interior of the 19th century?
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Vadim is a historian (MA) who has graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His focus is contemporary Russian history. He is working on a PhD dissertation on Stalin's national policy.
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