The Picture Hall of the Catherine Palace-Museum in the town of Pushkin, a veritable monument of the mid-eighteenth-century decorative style, was designed by the outstanding Russian architect, Italian-born Francesco Bartolommeo Rastrelli (1700-1771).
A distinctive feature of the Picture Hall is its continuous tapestry-like hanging of paintings, which was characteristic of Baroque palace interiors. Retained in its original state, it beautifully blends with the Halls architecture and sculptural decor.
Lining two of the Halls walls are 130 pictures by seventeenth- to mid-eighteenth- century Western European artists. The paintings cover a variety of genres, representing portraiture, landscape, everyday and battle scenes, compositions with mythological and biblical subjects.
These are mainly works by Dutch and Flemish masters interspersed with canvases by French, Italian and German painters. The major part of works are reproduced for the first time.
The book contains 131 colour plates.
Paperback Publisher: Aurora (1990) Language: English ISBN-10: 5730002459 ISBN-13: 978-5730002456 Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds