State Hermitage: Bridge and arcade over the Winter Canal, looking out towards Neva, Hermitage Theatre on the left



Lantern slide labeled Petrograd. The Palace sits on the Neva River and the Winter Canal is cut through the palace complex.

In the reign of Catherine II a grand palace ensemble was created that served as an official state residence, a storehouse of art treasures, and also as a home where the Russian Empress spent her private life. Out of six buildings of the main palace (now museum) complex, four, namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, are partially open to the public. The other two are Hermitage Theatre and the Reserve House. Next to the Winter Palace are Fel'ten’s Large or Old Hermitage (1771-1787), Jean-Baptiste-Michel Vallen de la Motte’s Small Hermitage (1764-1767) and Giacomo Quarenghi’s Hermitage Theatre (1783-1787). The 19th century saw the construction of the Hermitage Museum at the back of the Winter Palace–now known as the New Hermitage, since the museum has expanded to fill the whole imperial palace complex–where the cream of the imperial collection could be shown to the public; it opened its doors in 1852. This was the first Russian public museum. The tradition of collecting works of art which began in Catherine’s time had now become an element of state policy.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • The Hermitage

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Bridges

  • Architecture

  • Canals

  • Decorative arts

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Eighteenth century

  • Neoclassical

  • Baroque

Place of Creation
  • Saint Petersburg

  • +59.941+30.3129

  • Saint Petersburg, Rossiya, Russia: 38 Palace Embankment

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
Content License
Use Permissions
  • To view the physical lantern slide, please contact the Architecture Library.


Collections Featuring this Image
Architectural Lantern Slides of Russia (includes present-day Ukraine and Georgia)


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