One of the best kept secrets in the run-up to the launch of the Hermitage's celebrations of its 250th anniversary in December 2014 was the British Museum's loan of the marble statue of the river-god Ilissos from the west pediment of the Parthenon. When it was unveiled in St Petersburg it caused a furore, with visitors to the Hermitage keenly aware of the significance of the event.
This symbol of British-Russian museum friendship remained on display until 18 January and is now back in its home in London. But a short film about the loan has been made by Foxtrot Films - who made Hermitage Revealed, the one-hour documentary that showed across British cinemas in 2014 (and on the BBC in January 2015). It can be seen at:
Read the blog on the loan by Neil McGregor, Director of the British Museum, at: