In 2003 the Hermitage Foundation UK adopted a proposal to start publishing catalogues of Hermitage collections in English. Work on the first volume, covering Flemish paintings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (which appeared in 2008), did much to inspire the establishment of the Hermitage’s now extensive series of full collection catalogues (now over 30 of them in print). Catalogues of British painting, British engraved gems, British silver and Persian painting have all been published in English, the Hermitage Foundation UK is supporting publication of Iranian bronzes and has financed translation of two volumes of Ancient Greek vases.
Now we have a new volume in the pipeline, for which we are currently raising money:
Never before published in full, the Hermitage has a world-famous collection of French paintings from the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. Now at last, some 260 paintings will be covered in this fine volume by curator Natalia Serebriannaia. From early works such as a fifteenth-century Entry of Christ into Jerusalem by the Master of the Thuizon Altar, the collection runs through to the end of the seventeenth century. Nearly 250 pictures come from the main (historic) collection and several more from the Special Collection of items removed from Germany at the end of the Second World War.
Nicolas Poussin, Landscape with Polyphemus, 1649 / Nicolas de Largilliere, The Provost and Aldermen of Paris in 1687, 1689