On 20 November 2018 there was a book launch for the new edition of The Hermitage: Biography of a Great Museum, at the annual reception at the Russian ambassador's residence in London. Then the following morning it was up early for a curator-led tour of the exhibition Lorenzo Lotto: Portraits at the National Gallery. The following week it was a showing of the film The Winter Palace and the Hermitage in 1917 then two early-bird private views in quick succession: I am Ashurbanipal at the British Museum and Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs at the Queen's Gallery. Only the hardiest have been able to keep up with us this autumn, as events follow one after the other in rapid succession. Thanks to everyone who came and to those who make it all possible, our friends and colleagues in galleries and museums.
Lorenzo Lotto: Portrait of a Man and his Wife
Geraldine Norman's biography of the Hermitage was first published in 1997 but has since been updated (click here for more information). It was while researching the book that Geraldine first fell in love with the Hermitage. Members of the Hermitage UK Friends, sponsors and supporters will all know of Geraldine's commitment to spreading the word about the Hermitage's achievements and promoting and supporting its great projects. The release of the new edition of her book follows hard on the launch of the Russian translation of Geraldine's 2017 book on Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky and his family's involvement with the Hermitage Museum, Dynastic Rule: Mikhail Piotrovsky and the Hermitage.
The Russian translation of Dynastic Rule was presented in Moscow at the House of Books on the Arbat in May 2018 and then in St Petersburg at Bukvoed on Nevsky Prospekt.