In 1764 Empress Catherine the Great began to acquire the art to decorate her Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Her acquisition became the nucleus of the Hermitage Museum’s collection. Daughter of Peter the Great, and a child of the Enlightenment, Catherine was rich beyond belief. She sent her agents to Western Europe with orders to purchase the best works available. After the Bolshevik Revolution, the city that had been named after her father, was changed to “Leningrad;” and after the second revolution of 1990, it reverted to “St. Petersburg.”
The Hermitage, with a holding of three million works of art, is one of the greatest museums of the world, in a class with the Louvre, the Vatican, the Uffizi and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’ve had the pleasure of touring the museum on three occasions — in 1990, 2002 and 2010 — but “touring” is a misnomer, "tasting a small sample” is a more appropriate description. So large is its collection, that in the finite number of hours one might have on a tour, no more than a few hundred pieces of art can be seen. At the Hermitage I’ve seen a pair of Leonardo “Madonnas”, a spectacular Michelangelo marble statue, numerous Raphaels and Rembrandts. The French Galleries of the Hermitage are among the richest in the museum’s collection.
I was giving lectures on the Seabourn Sojourn in a cruise that meandered around the Baltic. When the elegant ship sailed out of Talin, Estonia and docked in Saint Petersburg, I joined a tour. The cruise line had made arrangements for passengers from the ship to enter the museum before it opened its doors to the crowds at 9:00 am. The cleaning staff was still busy removing dust from statues with dust feathers, and the ushers were just beginning to assume their seat. In the Renoir Room (Rm 320) hanging prominently was the celebrated oil painting “Child with a Whip" (1885), and through the doors one could see other rooms in the French Gallery. Pierre Auguste Renoir lived between 1841-1919, and is considered one of the titans of the Impressionist Movement. In composing the photo, I was inspired by memories of the Dutch Master, Pieter de Hooch, who frequently composed scenes of multiple rooms, framing them door-within-door.
Just as I did with Monet’s painting The Girl with Wagon and Rembrandt at 400 also in the Hermitage, I am placing this photo in the group theme, Pictures at an Exhibition. I welcome others to join me in making that a first class gallery by hanging their own works in that genre.
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mesutilgim (95510) 2012-12-15 13:35
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Özlemişim senin galeri iç çekimlerini ! Çerçeve içinde çerçeve, çerçeve içinde çerçeve.. Enfes resim geometrisi ve her zamanki gibi mükemmel bilgi notları.
Selam ve sevgiler
bukitgolfb301 (42656) 2012-12-15 16:29
Hi dear Bulent
Another peaceful, calm and artstic image as your taste, Bulent! Marvelous framework by using several doors. Allocation of the people is also very well organized. Good daylight adds calm atmosphere. Thank you for your shatring with the best shot and have a beautiful Sunday!
Takero from Sunny but cold Tokyo
daddo (26894) 2012-12-15 16:38
Merhaba Bulent Bey. Cleverly composed image so that we can enjoy more than one or two paintings, admire them from a distance and also get an impression of the place and its staff. I do like the atmosphere captured by the far painting. Selamlar. Klaudio.
energypolice (190) 2012-12-15 21:19
Good photograph, good sharpness, excellent composition, good lighting.
Sonata11 (33871) 2012-12-15 21:33
you captured this exhibition in this museum wonderfully. We can enjoying those also beautiful paintings. Magnificent work and presentation. Perfectly well done. I really love it. Thanks for sharing and inforamtive note. Thank you.
Warm regards and have a great Sunday,
girni (344) 2012-12-16 0:01
belle scène de vie au musée; le regard est dirigé de la salle en avant plan vers le tableau de l'autre salle
snunney (100698) 2012-12-16 1:44
I like this well framed symmetrical composition that benefits much from the added touch of levity offered by the two staff members lounging and chatting in the doorway. Pleasantly lit with understated tones and presented with excellent clarity.
marabu61 (11061) 2012-12-16 2:19
Merhaba Bulent bey
Lovely capture of an intimate scene at the Winterpalace. The repeating frames of the doors and pictures, only broken by the two women, make a very pleasing composition.
I remember the Heremitage from a visit to St. Petersburg in the early 80ties, then still called Leningrad.
have a good sunday
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-12-16 4:12
Hello Bulent - I love this composition. The door within a door works well but for me it is the chair which steals the scene. It brings a surreal aspect to the shot which I really like. It looks incongruous although you have explained its purpose. I like the way it messes up the symmetry of the shot (I would like to remove the red bench as I think the composition would be even stronger. A fascinating shot. Warm regards Rosemary
macjake (69131) 2012-12-16 10:09
you're a lucky man to be sailing the world all the time :)
and especially to be able to visit cities like Saint Petersburg, i vow to visit here one day.
and you're even luckier to visit this gallery before it really opened up to the public, I can only imagine the quietness, being able to hear every footstep along the way. its always enjoyable to view your gallery photos, this one too.
enjoy your day
worldcitizen (8810) 2012-12-16 12:08
There are a few interesting aspects to this photo. I like the way we are lead through a couple of different doors, moving further into the space, and towards the people standing in the final doorway. I also like the painting of the girl in blue. She seems to be watching you as you compose this photograph, and she has a very real presence. I hope you and your family are enjoying the holiday season so far. Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful 2013!
emka (99931) 2012-12-16 13:53
Interesting scene from Hermitage. No visitors only the women on service rather bored. Nice portrait of the girl in blue.
I visited the most important galleries - except Hermitage. Not so far to St. Petersburg but somehow more difficult to go there than to new York or Washington.
Nice composition with door in doors.
aliabazari (16170) 2012-12-16 17:40
Hi Bulent Dear
Good and attractive. I like this look beautiful with lovely depth. Well ...
TopGeo (38216) 2012-12-16 21:54
Hello Bulet! As a painter of photo create your own photo? Artwork like a painting. Perfect balance and notes on such a well loved you! with internal exhibits in museums!
jhm (154508) 2012-12-17 3:49
Thank you very much for your interesting notes, learn I almost everyday on TE.
You have a lot happiness, in a lot museums should not make pictures.
These picture has a nice value here on TE as artwork, we see too little this type of pictures.
Soft and attractive with the two people in door in background
Composition and presentation be superb
Very well done, TFS.
zoomer (6) 2012-12-17 11:33
Hi,superb picture within a picture composition.Light and colors are first rate as are the details.Friendly regards,Wolf.
papagolf21 (103026) 2012-12-17 11:38
Bonsoir, cher ami Bulent,
Ces salles d'enfilade présentant des trésors sont parfaitement mises en valeur avec les tableaux exposés.
J'ai tout de suite reconnu la peinture de Claude Monet (j'ai l'avantage de voir le tableau dans sa taille originale par rapport à l'environnement).
Encore une réussite par la composition et par la note d'accompagnement.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-12-20 7:18
The two guards seem to be part of a painting between the two works in the foreground. It is well observed. The picture is soft and pleasant. Bravo.
Have a nice day
nikkitta (17066) 2012-12-20 15:53
You are quite right, framing like the Dutch works well in a museum, as the chair, but the banquet..I have some doubts
Last year after visiting the Palace I went right to the cafe shop, too much for a day, will regret my decision all my life
Your capture is clever and interesting
Greeting and the best for you and family in the incoming 2013
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-12-22 9:17
Very tricky composition of what looks like an unending doorways. Nicely captured with good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
Didi (60588) 2012-12-26 2:42
Salam my frien
Interesting and well framed scene in the museum
Seasons Greetings from Orleans
carlo62 (50031) 2012-12-28 14:13
in questo preciso momento sto seguendo un documentario su Rasputin e parlano di questo palazzo.
Molto bella la tua conposizione, dove le due donne che parlano, sono completamente disinteressate dall'arte che le circonda.
smash2707 (3320) 2012-12-29 23:01
Hi, Bulent. Another excellent museum composition. Nice depth and perspective created by showing one door within the next one. I like the inclusion of the two ladies and the empty chair. Nice light management. I wish you and your loved ones all the best for the new year. Regards
Schnappilic (9692) 2012-12-30 3:10
Congratulations for your framing using the interior of the museum. I like your idea and your realization!
Happy new year!
abmdsudi (55126) 2012-12-30 5:06
I like this general view of this exhibition room with main focal rightly positioned backed by some good additional foreground subjects, the human element is perfect to keep into perspective. Sharpness, clarity and details are superb in cool color tones. Good works, Congrats, TFS
kato (11630) 2012-12-30 6:06
You're capturing well this inside of the Hermitage Museum by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see some good paintings and distance following the next booth. It' good that the wall and floor are unified in the soft quiet color. And, it's pulled out the spectacle which is peculiar to a prominent art museum for the art museum members to supervise.
Have a good and healthy New Year 2013 for you and your family!
Vasa (515) 2013-01-03 16:05
So glad to meet you in that prestigious gallery Bulent. I red your long note and come back to recognize Renoir on the right side of your shot. And it is not your first shot from a gallery. Your felling for arts is evident. Proud of you, friend. Best continuation in 2013.
willperrett (11080) 2013-01-05 4:41
I like the formal geometry of this photograph. The diminishing perspective through the doorways is a very artful effect. And the two people (gallery assistants?) add an important element of humanity to the picture.
PS Thanks for putting my photo called "Two Girls" in your Pictures at an Exhibition gallery!
mirosu (16273) 2013-01-09 0:42
This is a high quality photo with excellent composition. The painting in BG is very well framed by two doors, which also give nice 3-D feeling. The two painings in front and the chair fit very well to the composition, and the persons at the door add nice life to the scene. Excellent.
shevchenko (20548) 2013-01-13 18:56
Informative note to introduce the art collector and the history of museum, I wonder how many hours are require for looking one by one to all these paints that display in this museum, distinct indoor photo, interesting composition, thanks for sharing.
photoray (13981) 2013-01-28 8:53
We are happy to see you were permitted to photograph inside the Hermitage, because so many of our American museums prohibit photography.
Your view captures the feel of a museum, while also a glimpse of great paintings.
Congratulations on a fine composition,
Silvio1953 (145579) 2013-02-20 9:19
Ciao Bulent, elegant composition with lovely paintings, wonderful perspective, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
clic (17257) 2013-03-04 15:41
Why do I think of Valery Gergiev directing The Rotterdam Philarmonic Orchestra playing Promenade (part 1) of "Pictures at an Exhibition", in front of this well-balanced array of first magnitude paintings!
jemaflor (98771) 2013-04-10 11:39
Well seen and taken, I like the depth with the door and these two people, good symetrical result too with painting on each side, good light management.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (39129)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-06-26
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/4.2, 1/13 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION I [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-12-15 13:29