French Painting 15th to 17th Century: A Publishing Project

In 2003 the Hermitage Foundation UK adopted a proposal to start publishing catalogues of Hermitage collections in English. Work on the first volume, covering Flemish paintings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (which appeared in 2008), did much to inspire the establishment of the Hermitage’s now extensive series of full collection catalogues (now over 30 of them in print). Catalogues of British painting, British engraved gems, British silver and Persian painting have all been published in English, the Hermitage Foundation UK is supporting publication of Iranian bronzes and has financed translation of two volumes of Ancient Greek vases. 

Now we have a new volume in the pipeline, for which we are currently raising money:

Never before published in full, the Hermitage has a world-famous collection of French paintings from the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. Now at last, some 260 paintings will be covered in this fine volume by curator Natalia Serebriannaia. From early works such as a fifteenth-century Entry of Christ into Jerusalem by the Master of the Thuizon Altar, the collection runs through to the end of the seventeenth century. Nearly 250 pictures come from the main (historic) collection and several more from the Special Collection of items removed from Germany at the end of the Second World War.

      

Nicolas Poussin, Landscape with Polyphemus, 1649 / Nicolas de Largilliere, The Provost and Aldermen of Paris in 1687, 1689

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Iranian Bronzes of the 14th-18th centuries from the Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum is preparing an English language edition of the complete catalogue of the museum’s holding of Iranian bronzes of the 14th to the 18th centuries. It is written by Anatoly Alexeevich Ivanov, a specialist of world reputation.

The catalogue is the result of many years of research on the Hermitage’s collection of 165 bronzes, the largest museum collection in the world. A few of the items made in Khorasan province , between the late 14th and early 16th century, are inlaid with gold and silver; these were clearly made for court use. The remaining items in the Hermitage collection were used by middle-class residents of Iranian cities.

These items are decorated with quotations from the work of famous Persian poets of the 14th to 17th century: Sa’adi, Hafez of Shiraz, Khosravi Dehlavi, Jami, Qasem-e Anvar of Tabriz and others. These inscriptions allow us to evaluate the interest in literature of both craftsmen and those who commissioned their wares. The Hermitage collection has 21 wares that are precisely dated and five with the signatures of the craftsmen.

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VISITING CURATORS

Our very successful Visiting Curators Scheme welcomes curators from the Hermitage who want to use Britain's great wealth of museums and libraries to further their research. It is an exceptionally important source of ongoing professional development and costs approximately £20-30,000 annually to maintain.

Your help is invaluable. All contributions, however small, are greatly welcomed.

Hermitage curators research the Museum's collections but they also spread information about them, enabling museums in Britain to include works from St Petersburg in their own exhibitions. Research undertaken by Visiting Curators contributes to publications and exhibitions. Lisa Renne (pictured) produced her fundamental catalogue of the British paintings in the Hermitage in 2011 and in 2014-15 was joint curator of the Francis Bacon show seen in St Petersburg and at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

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