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The Hermitage

Director's Choice

Mikhail Piotrovsky

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 156 1

    Size: 190 x 165 mm

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 96

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    Date published: February, 2020

    Date published: March, 2020

    UK £16.95 /US $22.50


  • Highlights from one of the world’s finest art collections, featuring masterpieces from every period from the Italian Renaissance to the 20th century, including works by Michelangelo and Matisse via Velázquez, Van Gogh, Rubens and Renoir
  • Works skilfully chosen and lucidly explained by Director Mikhail Piotrovsky
  • Richly illustrated in full colour throughout


Formerly the official residences of the Tsars, the five buildings that comprise the State Hermitage Museum now house one of the finest art collections in the world. The collection is as vast and rich as its surroundings – ranging from prehistoric artefacts to post-Impressionist masterpieces. Here, renowned Director Mikhail Piotrovsky brings his unique insight and expertise to bear on the collection, presenting us with his highlights from the Museum’s extensive holdings.

Here you will find masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age and the Flemish Baroque, as well as Impressionist, Fauvist and Expressionist collections. The artists on display range from Michelangelo to Matisse via Velasquez, Van Gogh, Rubens and Renoir.

Beautifully illustrated, this guide succeeds in condensing the Museum’s array of treasures and making them accessible to all.

Also available in a Russian edition.

Author information

Mikhail Piotrovsky has been the Director of the Hermitage since 1992. He is President of the Union of Museums of Russia, the Dean of St Petersburg State University’s Faculty of Oriental Studies and the author of over 250 publications.