Cruise Day 7 – Part 4 – The Hermitage Museum Paintings

I want to start with the paintings from famous artists that I know about. There were two paintings by Leonardo da Vinci. The first is called the Benois Madonna because it was sold to the Hermitage Museum by the Benois family in 1914.

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The second is called the Madonna Litta because it was owned by the House of Litta in Milan, Italy during much of the 19th century.

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The second artist that I recognized was Rembrandt. The first painting is called Danaë. It depicts Danaë, the mother of Perseus, beckoning to Zeus, who impregnates her with a shower of golden light.

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The second painting is called The Descent from the Cross. As with the prior paintings, you can get more detailed descriptions by following the links associated with the painting’s name.

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Here is a second photo from a different angle, trying to minimize the light reflection from the surface  of the painting.

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With so much to see in just one afternoon, it was impossible to spend any time with an individual painting, so I have been studying the works with my internet searches and giving you the links where appropriate.


 

The following painting I thought was a Rembrandt because it was located in the same area in the museum, but I cannot find it listed. Any assistance would be wonderful:

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There were many paintings of generals and other war heroes decorating the walls of the museum. Here are a few:

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The following is a painting of Sir Thomas Wharton painted by Anthony van Dyke in the middle 1600’s.

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I apologize for the blurriness of the image with my hand held camera in a low light environment where flash is not allowed. Here is an image from the web:

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With appropriate equipment and plenty of time, I ‘might’ have been able to produce an image of this quality.


 

Next is a painting of Venice taken from two different angles that shows how perspective can impact what you see. The first photo is taken from the right hand side.

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Now from the left hand side:

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I have photos of about 20 more paintings, but you would probably just pass them over quickly, because the post would be too long. I hope you enjoyed this little tour.

Sculptures are next.

 

 

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