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Masterpieces of the Hermitage Museum

Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum encompasses numerous buildings on the Palace Embankment and its neighbourhoods. The museum includes: the ‘Small Hermitage’ (original museum building), the ‘Old Hermitage’ (also called ‘Large Hermitage’), the ‘New Hermitage’, the ‘Hermitage Theatre’, the ‘Winter Palace’, the General Staff Building and the Menshikov Palace.

The Masterpieces of the Hermitage Museum include:

  • Gonzaga Cameo
  • “Madonna Litta” by Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1490)
  • “The Lute Player” by Caravaggio (c. 1596)
  • “Danaë” by Rembrandt (1636)
  • “White House at Night” by Vincent van Gogh (1890)
  • “The Three Graces” by Canova


“There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.” Fyodor Dostoevsky



Photo Credit: By Sasha Petite from Singapore (Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons