The Hermitage Museum, a famous Russian museum located in St. Petersburg, alongside Neva River, contains more than 3,000,000 items in its collection. Within this collection, a visitor may find art collections of Catherine II, also know as Catherine the Great, “8,000 paintings of the Flemish, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian schools as well as superb modern works, with many by Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, and Matisse. The art collections also include the art of India, China, Egypt, pre-Columbian America, Greece, and Rome, as well as Scythian art from the Eurasian steppe. There are tapestries, ivories, and furniture. The Heroic Past of the Russian People includes the War Museum and a tribute to Peter the Great.” (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 2009)
The Hermitage Museum has two important buildings: the White Palace, which is the central building and the Mikhailovsky Palace, which exclusively contains Russian art.
Interiors of a palace St. George Hall Winter Palace Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Russia. (year). from Image Collection database. Retrieved from http://weblib.ucc.edu:2113/login.aspx?direct=true&db=imh&AN=imh541388&site=ehost-live