Catherine the Great reigned from 1762-1796, a period of cultural renaissance for Russia.
Masterworks from the personal collection of Russian Empress Catherine the Great will go on show at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) this July as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition series.
Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great is an exhibition exclusive to Australia and will feature more than 400 works.
Benjamin Patersen's 'View of Palace Square from Nevsky Prospekt', 1800, Image courtesy: NGV
Catherine founded The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and was regarded as the nation's foremost patron of the arts amongst other cultural pursuits.
The Hermitage Museum is known to be one of the most visited museums in the world and the National Gallery of Victoria having won chance to exhibit some of the museums works for a time speaks volumes about the quality of this city's great art and cultural scene.
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn's 'Young woman with earrings' 1657, Image courtesy: NGV
Paintings by Rembrandt, Velasquez, Rubens and Titian shall feature alongside other pieces to be showcased. Each shall give offer visitors an insight into the life, and loves, of a important and influential leader in Russian history.
This exhibition is one of two Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions to be held this year. The other, 'David Bowie Is' shall be presented over at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Fed Square. It also promises to be a world class display given Bowie's status as a pop culture icon for multiple decades.
Masterpieces from the Hermitage: proof winter is something you can very much look forward to when you live in a city such as Melbourne.