No doubt! It is huge. That is an understatement. It is made up of 6 buildings (Palaces), and has a collection of over 3 million items. It is something like 32 kilometers to walk all of its halls (or so says wikipedia!)
|a favourite book of mine|
I poured through this book a million times both before and after exploring the National Gallery in Washington. I could pretty much 'check off' the paintings that I had seen there.
I also spent time studying the pictures of paintings the book told me were held by the Hermitage, feeling pretty certain that they would be beyond my ability to ever see in person (except in the context of travelling exhibitions, perhaps).
|Matisse's "Red Room"|
I felt more than a bit overwhelmed, standing up beside the painting, looking more closely at different parts.
There were the trees outside the window, which left me wondering if the white was supposed to be snow, or rather blossoms like we have on the cherry trees in the Victoria springtime.
|checking out the fruit|
|former "Green Room" still visible...|
And you could see around the edge of the painting the 'green' that was underneath of the red.
While the painting is now known as the "Red Room", it apparently was first done with a green background.
|Signature by the chair, green edge?|