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  • Museums | Germany > Todtnau
    Updated at May 22,2013

    Before visiting the waterfalls you might like to visit the local glass factory and museum, located in an old wooden house, 3 stories high, called “Glosblaserhof”. Here you will find glass artifacts, jewels and other fine (and expansive) accessories. There is also a nice restaurant in the location.

  • Museums | Slovenia > Radovljica
    Updated at Jun 22,2013

    We toured the town with its picturesque houses and visited the honey cakes museum. We received an explanation in English about the baking process. The women were dressed in typical Slovenian clothes. 

  • Museums | Slovenia > Kropa
    Updated at Jul 10,2013

    When we got there we were immediately approached by the local crazy woman, and in order to escape her and the rain we went into the blacksmith museum. We joined an organized group and heard some explanations. On the wall we saw grates in a variety of shapes and forms, a few animals and a mask. We were pretty disappointed, having driven all the way here. Every welder back home can make decorative grates. The town was lovely but in the rain it seemed a little wretched. 

  • Museums | Peru > Lima > Museo de la Nación
    Updated at Jul 3,2013

    The National Museum is the largest Peruvian History museum in Lima. It features numerous exhibits from the Pre-Conquest cultures, spreading over 3 floors and organized chronologically. The exhibitions include scale models of many of the Inca sights around Cusco as well as items from north of Peru. The museum is lacking in English explanation (or at least it was in 2012).

    Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00-18:00; Saturday-Sunday 10:00-18:00. Entry is 9 Soles.

  • Museums | Peru > Cusco > Museo Inka
    Updated at Jul 3,2013

    The Museo Inka (Incan Museum), also known as the Archaeological Museum of Cusco, features artifacts from Peruvian history - from Pre-Inca civilizations and Inca culture, and the impact of the Spanish on these native cultures.

    The main attraction in the museum is the collection of Inca mummies. Other exhibits includes ceramics, textiles, vases, jewelry, architectural models, and a collection of Inca drinking vessels, carved out of wood. 

    Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-18:00; Saturday 9:00-16:00

    http://museoinka.unsaac.edu.pe/

  • Museums
    Updated at Dec 5,2013

    One Day in Windsor Castle & Park: Must see in England.

    Arrival:

    By train: To Windsor from London Waterloo or London Paddington. Then 5 mins walk to the Castle.The Castle is at the top of a steep hill. Getting to this famous royal Castle is easy. Trains from Waterloo to Windsor & Eaton Riverside Station depart every half hour throughout the day, hourly on Sundays. The journey takes about an hour and 20 minutes.
    Windsor & Eton Riverside - About a 10 minutes walk.

    Trains from Paddington to Windsor Central depart every 10 to 15 minutes throughout the day. The journey takes about 35 minutes. You have to change trains at Slough. Take one of the frequent trains from London Paddington Station to Slough, get off and cross the platform to the single line train to Windsor and Eton Central Station, get off and follow the crowd through the modern shopping center that has grown around the station and up the hill to the castle.

    By coach: Green Line operates daily services from London Victoria Coach Station.

    Note: There is no visitor car parking at the Castle. No shelter from the rain or the wind. It might be unpleasant waiting outside the palace ( a long line until you buy your tickets) - if it is raining outside. With the London Pass you can skip that and get into the much shorter "fast track" line.The Admission Centre is at its busiest between 09:30 and 11:30, so you may like to consider arriving after 11:30.  Very important: BUY YOUR TICKETS BEFOREHAND! You get to go right in and not wait online. Buying your ticket through the web will give you the rare opportunity to skip the queue and go straight to security check. Photography and filming are not permitted inside the State Apartments, the Semi-State Rooms or St George's Chapel.  Eating and drinking are not permitted in the State Apartments or St George’s Chapel but only in the outside grounds. Visitors wishing to leave the Castle for refreshments in the town may obtain re-entry permits from the Castle shops or the audio return point. Once inside the grounds, the crowd thins out a bit as there is much to see. But, lines begin inside for the main exhibits as well. The guided outside tour is included in the admission price and certainly worth the additional time. Pick up your free audio headphone guide, comes in really useful during the whole tour as it explains wonderfully the history of the palace and the royals. The free audio tour is very informative and easy to use.

    Duration: Allow 1 day for the transportation, queuing-up and the visit itself.  A typical visit lasts 3-4  hours.

    Opening times:

    March to October
    Open daily 09:45-17:15
    (last admission 16:00)

    November to February
    Open daily 09:45-16:15
    (last admission 15:00).

    St. George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays. The Castle is closed: 25-26 December, 18 April, 20 April  (closed until 13:00), 16 June,
    25-26 December.

    Admission prices: very expensive. Standard: Adult £17.75, Over 60/Student  £16.15, Under 17 £10.60, Under 5 Free, Family £46.50 (2 adults and 3 under 17s). With these prices you get 1-year pass:  free re-admission for a year if you buy your ticket directly from the palace tickets office. At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1-Year Pass. It's not a cheap day out, but well worth it.

    Highlights: The Castle is a real highlight. Follow the moat wall around and go onto the North Terrace where you will have fine views of the countryside. This is the oldest occupied Castle in the world. The lavishly furnished and decorated State Apartments are amazing and will far exceed your expectations. Also Queen Mary's Doll's House and St. George's Chapel are a must do. The changing of the guard, with all it's pomp and splendor- is far more grand than the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. After touring the castle walk around town, lots to do there as well. All in all, an inspiring day.

    The castle is not only a great historical monument of British royal heritage, it is also one of the current official residences of the Queen and her family. See and feel what is was like to be Royalty through the ages. Windsor castle's exterior is not the most impressive of castles, but once you take a step inside to its interior, Windsor Castle has no rival. The state rooms are filled with priceless artifacts. The rooms are splendid and large. It really is a trip back in time. It has some of the most fascinating treasures accumulated by the British over time - including the throne and swords of Tipu Sultan (those of Indian background would know him as the Tiger of Mysore). It's also good to see the incredible restoration work completed by modern day craftsmen and women following the horrific fire in year 1992.

    See the guard changing at 11.00. - Awesome!  You can go through St. George's Cathedral at 10.00 and get your place for the changing right outside at about 10:30. The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes. For most of the year Guard Mounting takes place on alternate dates, but it is held daily (except Sundays) from April to July. The new guard, accompanied by the band, march from Victoria barracks, up Sheet Street, left into the High Street, past the Parish Church and the Guildhall, then turn right onto Castle Hill by Queen Victoria's Statue and into the Castle.

    Windsor Castle State Apartments: (no photos allowed !):

    Some parts of the State Apartments were completely destroyed in the 1992 fire. One of the major benefits to arise from the restoration work was the return of George IV’s decorative scheme to its original splendour, using the original designs that survive in the Royal Library.

    The King's Drawing Room:Paintings by Rubens and Van Dyke and a remarkable musical clock.

    The King's Bed chamber.

    The King's Dressing Room: Some of the most important Northern Renaissance paintings in the Royal Collection, including Breughel's painting the Massacre of the Innocents and a wonderful portrait of a Lady in Green by Bronzino.

    The Queen's Drawing Room: Among the paintings look for the famous Portrait of Charles I in three positions by Van Dyke.

    The King's Dining Room: Created for Charles II's private entertaining, it is dark and masculine, covered in rococco decoration and wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons.

    The Queen's Ballroom: Among the collection of Van Dykes, look for the portrait of the five eldest children of Charles I, the King beheaded in 1649.St. George's Hall: Often used for state banquets, this room is 185 feet long and can hold a table that seats 160. The ceiling  is a new hammer-beam roof, constructed of oak wood after the 1992 fire using medieval carpentry methods. The shields are coats of arms of the Garter Knights.

    The Lantern Lobby: Formerly a private chapel, this is where it is believed the 1992 fire began. Today it is used to display gilded silver objects from the Royal Collection. A suit of Henry VIII's armor against a wall gives some idea of the old king's size.

    Queen Mary's doll house is not to be missed despite the long queues. While you are walking around, near the entrance line to the Dolls House, you will have a view over the local land, and there should be a small mobile ice cream stall nearby. Ice cream here is made from the Queen's dairy herd and is very good. Queen Mary's Doll House, now on permanent display at Windsor Castle, was a gift to Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II's grandmother, who was fond of miniatures. Queen Mary's Doll House is very popular. Only a few people at a time are allowed in to see it, so the wait can be very long. Check the signs posted along the queue that count off the time remaining in line in 15 minute increments. It is worth the wait, but bring along a jacket as the entrance on the North Terrace is one of the highest spots around and can get windy and cold.

    If you have limited time, leave an extra 20 minutes to go through the St. George Chapel. Very nice. I would say this is better to see on its own.  St. George's Church will take your breath away with it's raw beauty, but also because of it's history and tombs of many notable royals. St George's Chapel is the burial place of the former King and Queen Mother as well as Henry VIII. The Chapel is open to visitors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. During worship services, including Sunday services, the Chapel is closed to visitors but the public is welcome to attend to take part.

    List of tombs in St. George Chapel:

    The tombs of King George V and Queen Mary.

    Look for the elaborate but rather moving carved memorial to Princess Charlotte, only child of King George IV, who died in childbirth. The memorial is in a side chapel toward the back of the nave.

    A side chapel that can be seen off the north Quire aisle, holds the relatively simply memorials of Queen Elizabeth II's parents (George VI and Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) and her sister, Princess Margaret.

    A simple stone slab in the center aisle of the Quire is the entrance to a vault that holds the tombs of Henry VIII, Charles I (beheaded by Cromwell's forces, after the English Civil War) and Jane Seymour (Henry VIII's third wife, who died following the birth of Henry VIII's only son).

    After leaving the Castle - you should at least walk around the castle and the old town close to it. The magnificent, enormous castle is perched on a hill overlooking the estate in one direction and the city of Windsor in the other. Walk through the quaint town and enjoy lunch at one of the various dining establishments.


    Before heading to Windsor Park - walk a few minutes to Windsor centre. Set among the splendor of historic Windsor with its easy access, famous visitor attractions and superb shopping and dining offers, the Guildhall is an ideal place for meetings and celebrations including weddings and civil partnerships. This elegant grade 1 listed building, designed by Sir Thomas Fitch and completed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1689 is steeped in history and is a dominant feature of the town:

    Windsor Great Park is a wonderful place to walk around, with many trails leading to many different sides of the park to see. There is a great walk from the castle, known as the Long Walk. It heads out towards a monument of King George on a copper horse The Long Walk is actually a 3 mile walk. The first mile is to the road (crossing the Park) and the 2nd and 3rd in the country with deer everywhere. Fantastic outdoors feeling, just walk, walk and walk. This is a lovely park you can either walk through it but be warned it is huge and you will get lost or end up somewhere you don't expect. I suggest looking at a map in order to plan your day as it is very easy to get lost. No toilets around. It is peaceful, clean and really beautiful. The view of the Windsor Castle is really great from here. I would recommend sparing a special, dedicated (clear) day for exploring the park and walking the Long Walk from the Castle and back. The views back to Windsor Castle are quite breathtaking. Stunning park, magical views. Can't be missed:

  • Museums | Italy
    Updated at Aug 8,2014

    Vatican Museums III - The Sistine Chapel:

    Tips:

    Bring along binoculars so you can see the details better.

    Sistine Chapel is the last part of the tour of the Vatican Museums, about 250 m after the entrance.

    There are many signs pointing to it. The museum is one way so follow the crowd and you’ll eventually get there.

    You enter through a door at the altar end.

    The visit is around 20-40 minutes.

    There are several security guards ensuring that: you do not (under any circumstance) take pictures.  Don’t speak too loud. Leave as soon as possible so more eager tourists can come in.

    Strict dress code is imposed.

    There are benches at either side of the chapel.

    Beware that the chapel is closed on religious holidays and some other random days.

    Beware when the chapel is the most crowded: Saturdays, free Sundays, rainy days and days before a religious closure. Best on afternoons or Wednesday mornings before 11 am.

    Skip the line and buy your tickets online (And yes, there is a line and it is LONG!) (See Vatican I blog).

    Take the short walk (signposted) directly to the Sistine Chapel, as early as possible, and see it first with the fewest visitors. You then follow the route to the exit and before you go down the circular stairs to the exit, you can slip back into the entrance area and complete the tour at a more leisurely pace. There is a cafe just before the Chapel. It may be a good idea you go in, so we stopped for a drink and a cake to give us time to refuel yourself - before entering the Sisteen Chapel. Be prepared that the crowds will really take away from the experience. To ensure the respect due to a sacred place, explanation is not permitted within the Sistine Chapel, even if visitors are provided with Group Tour radio systems. Explanation may be offered prior to entry in the Chapel, using the dedicated panels on display throughout the museum itinerary.

    The chapel is a high rectangular building, for which absolute measurements are hard to ascertain, as available measurements are for the interior: 40.9 metres (134 ft) long by 13.4 metres (44 ft) wide, the dimensions of the Temple of Solomon, as given in the Old Testament. It is about 25m long and about 15m wide. Its a heavily guarded room where the ceiling is painted by the master of all masters: Michelangelo. It is an oblong large painting with several portions within one painting, depicting his celestial vision of the bible, Roughly in the middle of the ceiling ou see The Creation of Adam part; where God touching finger with Man. The frescoes on the ceiling were painted when Michelangelo was 33 years old. He finished them 4 years later.  The Last Judgement can being also the highlight as the detail in it is amazing. Michelangelo came back in his fifties and painted The Last Judgment which you find on the wall on the right hand side. Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor, not a painter. While in his 30s, he was commanded by Julius II to stop work on the Pope's own tomb and to devote his considerable talents to painting ceiling frescoes (an art form of which the Florentine master was contemptuous). Michelangelo labored for 4 years (1508-12) over this epic project, which was so physically taxing that it permanently damaged his eyesight. All during the task, he had to contend with the Pope's incessant urgings to hurry up; at one point, Julius threatened to topple Michelangelo from the scaffolding -- or so Vasari relates in his Lives of the Artists. It's ironic that a project undertaken against the artist's wishes would form his most enduring legend. Glorifying the human body as only a sculptor could, Michelangelo painted nine panels, taken from the pages of Genesis, and surrounded them with prophets and sibyls. The most notable panels detail the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden and the creation of man. The Florentine master was in his 60s when he began the masterly Last Judgment on the altar wall. Here, Michelangelo presents a more jaundiced view of people and their fate; God sits in judgment and sinners are plunged into the mouth of hell. A master of ceremonies under Paul III, Monsignor Biagio da Cesena, protested to the Pope about the "shameless nudes" painted by Michelangelo. Michelangelo showed that he wasn't above petty revenge by painting the prude with the ears of a jackass in hell. When Biagio complained to the Pope, Paul III maintained that he had no jurisdiction in hell.

    On the side walls are frescoes by other Renaissance masters, such as Botticelli, Perugino, Signorelli, Pinturicchio, Roselli, and Ghirlandaio. Unfortunately, because they compete with Michelangelo's artistry, they're virtually ignored by visitors. The twisting ignudi or male nudes that decorate the corners of the ceiling were terribly controversial when executed.

    The restoration of the Sistine Chapel in the 1990s touched off a worldwide debate among art historians. The restoration took years as restorers used advanced computer analyses in their painstaking and controversial work. They reattached the fresco and repaired the ceiling, ridding the frescoes of their dark and shadowy look. Critics claim that in addition to removing centuries of dirt and grime -- and several of the added "modesty" drapes -- the restorers removed a vital second layer of paint as well. Purists argue that many of the restored figures seem flat compared with the originals, which had more shadow and detail. Others have hailed the project for saving Michelangelo's masterpiece for future generations to appreciate and for revealing the vibrancy of his color palette.

    Ceiling:

    The ceiling rises to 20 metres above the main floor of the chapel. The vault is of quite a complex design and it is unlikely that it was originally intended to have such elaborate decoration. Pier Matteo d'Amelia provided a plan for its decoration with the architectural elements picked out and the ceiling painted blue and dotted with gold stars, similar to that of the Arena Chapel decorated by Giotto at Padua.[26]The chapel walls have three horizontal tiers with six windows in the upper tier down each side. There were also two windows at each end, but these have been closed up above the altar when Michelangelo's Last Judgement was painted, obliterating two lunettes. Between the windows are large pendentives which support the vault. Between the pendentives are triangularly shaped arches or spandrels cut into the vault above each window. Above the height of the pendentives, the ceiling slopes gently without much deviation from the horizontal.[26] This is the real architecture. Michelangelo has elaborated it with illusionary or fictive architecture.

    The ceiling is basically four topics:

    • A central spine depicting nine scenes from the Book of Genesis.
    • Prophets and sibyls on the sides.
    • Lunettes and spandrels with the ancestors of Jesus.
    • The pendentives with scenes of the people of Israel.

    The central spine Stories:

    The first group shows God creating the Heavens and the Earth. The second group shows God creating the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, and their disobedience of God and consequent expulsion from the Garden of Eden where they have lived and where they walked with God. The third group of three pictures shows the plight of Humanity, and in particular the family of Noah.

    The scenes should be read from the altar to the back of the chapel, starting with the Separation of Light from Darkness and ending with the Drunkenness of Noah.

    Scene 1: Separation of Light from Darkness.


    Scene 2: Creation of the sun, moon and plants.


    Scene 3: Separation of Land from Sea.


    Scene 4: Creation of Adam.


    Scene 5: Creation of Eve.


    Scene 6: Original Sin and the Banishment from the Garden of Eden.


    Scene 7: Sacrifice of Noah.


    Scene 8: The Flood.


    Scene 9: Drunkenness of Noah.

    The prophets and the sibyls

    Being the first to predict the coming of Jesus, the prophets and sibyls are represented with a text label below them. The prophets saw the coming of Christ for the people of Israel, while the sibyls, not really Christian but pagan, are there to symbolically extend this grace over all mankind.

    Michelangelo's Prophets and Sibyls painted in the Sistine Chapel are commanding works of art in their own right. These figures, are the largest on the Vault of the Chapel. Around the center of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are twelve prophetic figures all representing the coming of Christ. Seven of these are Israeli Prophets, and the remaining five are the female Sibyls of the Classical World. The alternating male and female figures are seated on thrones and are depicted reading manuscripts, books or scrolls.

    The pagan Sibyls have been included to symbolize that the Messiah was to come for all the people of the world and not just the Jews. They are: Jonah,

    Jeremiah,

    Persian Sibyl,

    Ezekiel,

    Erythraean Sibyl,

    Joel,

    Zechariah,

    Delphic Sibyl,

    Isaiah,

    Cumaean Sibyl,

    Daniel,

    Libyan Sibyl.

    The lunettes and spandrels

    It is unclear still whether the figures in the triangular spandrels are part of the ancestors of Christ as named below in groups of three on the lunettes.

    Ancestors of Christ: figures:

    Salmon as a child (?):

    Jesse as a child (?):

    Rehoboam as a child(?):

    Uzziah as a child (?):

    Hezekiah as a child (?):

    Shealtiel as a child (?):

    Zerubbabel as a child(?):

    The pendentives

    Michelangelo decided to illustrate four Biblical passages related to the salvation of Israel in these triangular areas at the corners of the ceiling.

    The chapel has four triangular pendentives in each of it's corners. These curved shapes have been decorated with stories depicting the salvation of the Jewish people.

    The four are:

    The Brazen Serpent

    The Punishment of Haman

    David and Goliath

    Judith and Holofernes (I read that the head of Holofernes is a self-portrait of Michelangelo).

    The Last Judgement - the Front Wall:

    The mighty composition, painted by Michelangelo between 1536 and 1541, is centred around the dominant figure of Christ, captured in the moment preceding that when the verdict of the Last Judgement is uttered.

     

    North Wall (right from the entrance): The stories of Christ, dating to 1481–1482:

    Baptism of Christ by Pietro Perugino and assistants

    Temptation of Christ by Sandro Botticelli

    Vocation of the Apostles by Domenico Ghirlandaio

    The Sermon on the Mount, attributed to Cosimo Rosselli

    The Delivery of the Keys by Pietro Perugino

    The Last Supper by Cosimo Rosselli

    South Wall (left from the entrance): The Stories of Moses, painted in 1481–1482. Starting from the altar, they include:

    Moses Leaving to Egypt by Pietro Perugino and assistants

    The Trials of Moses by Sandro Botticelli and his workshop

    The Crossing of the Red Sea by Cosimo Rosselli, Domenico Ghirlandaio or Biagio di Antonio Tucci

    Descent from Mount Sinai by Cosimo Rosselli or Piero di Cosimo

    Punishment of the Rebels by Sandro Botticelli

    Sandro Botticelli - the punishment of Korah and the stoning of Moses and Aaron detail

    Testament and Death of Moses by Luca Signorelli or Bartolomeo della Gatta

    Entrance Wall: This wall has frescos of the two final episodes of the cycles of Moses and Christ: the Resurrection of Christ and the Discussion over the body of Moses:

  • Museums
    Updated at Aug 4,2015

    Figueres - Dali Theatre-Museum (Teatro-Museo Dali), Gala-Salvador Dalí Square, 5:

    Duration: 3 hours (at least) in the museum and the exhibition. 5-6 hours for the transportaion and walks to/from the museum.

    How to arrive: The best way to arrive from Barcelona to Figueres is by RENFE (Inter-city and long distance Trains)) train (almost 2 hours - every direction). For timetable: http://www.renfe.com/CA/viajeros/index.html

    The main (perhaps only) reason for going to Figueres is to visit the Salvador Dali Museum. Figueres is quite far to go to 'just' see the Dali museum (even if it is an amazing one), The AVE (high-speed) train has made the travel times much shorter than they used to be.

    • With the regular (slower) RENFE train, from Sants or Passeig de Gracia - it takes 1 hour 45 minutes (every direction) and the price is 11.20 -15 €. Buy ticket at station on the day of travel. Round trip from Sants is 28 € / adult.
    • By new high-speed AVE or AVANT ONLY from Sants station to Figueres it takes 53 minutes, and costs circa 35 €. Buy online or at the station.

    • The train departs from Barcelona from Sants station, but you can pick it up at Passeig de Gracia (which is far more central than Sants). The closest Metro station to Sants RENFE station is Sants Metro station. It is ten-minutes walk from Plaça de Espanya. 
    • If we use Placa de Catalunya as our centre point - we connect to the Passeig de Gràcia RENFE station from the northern side of Placa de Catalunya. Turn left onto Passeig de Gràcia (Passeig de Gràcia is the boulevard running from Plaça Catalunya to Avinguda Diagonal) and walk 180 m. You see a square with fountains. You cross it and continue northward along Passeig de Gràcia another 400 m. Note :Passeig de Gràcia has a total of five different entrances. It is important to remember that these entrances also service the metro station. We are only using the over ground train station and do not need to use the metro, it is best to head to the Passeig de Gràcia station entrance that sits at the top of Passeig de Gràcia. There are four entrances to Passeig de Gràcia station at the top of the street. The easiest to find is the one that sits directly in front of Gaudí's famous building, Casa Batlló. There are only two toilets at Passeig de Gràcia train station: one men's and one women's. You will find them located directly opposite the ticket booths in the main station building. There is no disabled toilet.


    How to arrive to Dali Museum: the Figueres Vilafant station is not close to the Museum, but there is a bus connecting the station with the city center (200 meters from the Museum) within less than ten minutes. The bus ticket costs 1,25 €, and there is a bus every 25-30 minutes. Taxis are also available at the Figueres Vilafant station. There are no lockers in Figueres Vilafan train station.

    Prices: we recommend purchasing entry to the jewel exhibition, which is housed in a separate building less than 100m away.

    12 €/adult ((including the separate jewellery exhibition).

    REDUCED 9 € Dalí ( including Jewels exhibition): Students, pensioners and unemployed people with the appropriate documentation.

    Opening hours:

    01/11 - 28/02 From 10.30 to 18.00.
    01/03 - 30/06 From 09.30 to 18.00.
    01/07 - 30/09 From 09.00 to 20.00.
    01/10 - 31/10 From 09.30 to 18.00.

    General hints: The different collections managed by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation include all kinds of works of art: painting, drawing, sculpture, engraving, installation, hologram, stereoscopy, photography, etc., up to a quantity of some 4,000 pieces. Of these, some 1,500 are on show in the Dalí Theatre-Museum Dalí of Figueres. The whole museum-gallery is more a maze-alike. A bit chaotic in layout but , it only adds to the atmosphere. The museum is a free-flowing kind of place with different routes that you can take. Many kinds of paintings, sculptures, murals, exhibitions, other types of media and objects - a feast for all your senses - but, not many explanations. Several rooms contained art that Dali collected - and not made by him. For Surrealism lovers.

    • No flash photography.
    • Large queues to get in but not overcrowded inside. There is plenty to see and lots of rooms to disperse into. Try to come before 09.30. DO NOT COME IN A BRIGHT, HOT DAY. One hour queue to get in at midday.

    • Unsuitable for teenagers or children.

    We suggest staying in beautiful Girona one night at least. You can combine your visit in Figueres with 1-day in Girona.

    From Figueres Vilafant station to the Dalí's birth house, Carrer Monturiol, 20 - it is a 1.7 km. walk: head southeast on Carrer de les Pedreres toward Polígon Ua3 Puig Grau, 350 m. At the roundabout, continue straight onto Carrer d'Avinyonet, 550 m. Continue onto Passeig Nou, 290 m. Turn left onto Av. de Salvador Dalí i Domenech/N-IIa
    12 m. Turn right onto Carrer Pep Ventura, 130 m. Turn right onto Pujada del Castell, 70 m. Slight left onto La Rambla, 170 m (we'll return to the Rambla). Continue onto Carrer Monturiol, 140 m. At Carrer Monturiol, 20
     - is Dali's birth house.

    ​Salvador Dalí Domènech was born in Figueres on 11 May 1904 to a wealthy family. His father was a solicitor. The house is located at no. 20 Carrer de Monturiol, and is known as Cara Puig. It is a modernist building designed by a famous architect, Josep Azemar, the city's chief architect between 1899 and 1914. Figueres also boasts several other buildings designed by Azemar, including a number of houses on La Rambla. The painter's only sister, Anna María Dalí, was also born here. The house is currently closed to visitors due to an ongoing legal dispute. There are long-standing plans to convert this publicly owned property into a cultural centre showcasing personal items belonging to Dalí, but no public opening date has yet been set:

    From Dalí's birth house, Carrer Monturiol, 20 to Dalí Theatre-Museum
    Plaça Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5  -it is a 450-500 m. walk: head southwest on Carrer Monturiol toward Carrer Sant Rafael, 140 m. Continue onto La Rambla, 170 m:


    La Rambla turns slightly right and becomes Pujada del Castell
    160 m. On your right - Dalí Theatre-Museum, Plaça Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5.

    Exterior: externally, the building itself is fantastic. The museum is surreal like Dali, very surprising and not like any museum you might have seen earlier. The building is in itself a huge Dali installation with the giant egg battlements and spiraling columns.

    Fantastic figures adorn the south facade:

    A big sculpture standing opposite the entrance:

    Dali sculpture outside the artist's Museum in Figueres:

    Interiors: an amazing range of artwork, sculptures, drawing, objects on display. All very well laid out. An easy to follow guide leaflet available free and in many languages. Aside from Salvador Dalí's works, there are works by other artists that the painter invited to be exhibited in his museum, such as Antoni Pitxot and Evarist Vallès, accompanied by other artist from the painter's own private collection, such as El Greco, Marià Fortuny, Modest Urgell, Ernest Meissonier, Marcel Duchamp, Gerard Dou and Bouguereau. In various galleries of the Theatre-Museum we can also find works by John de Andrea, Wolf Vostell, Meifrén and Ernst Fuchs. Since Salvador Dalí death in 1989, the crypt where he is buried can also be visited at the centre of the museum. This area was remodeled in 1997 to exhibit a collection of gold jewels designed by the artist.

    Dalí Jewels: o​ne of the annexes to the Dalí Theatre-Museum houses a collection of 37 gold and precious stone jewels that Dalí produced between 1940 and 1970. Alongside the jewels, the exhibition also features the associated design drawings and paintings.

    Smiling Venus (1921):

    First days of Spring (1922):

    Self-Portrait with l'Humanité (1923):

    Port Alguer (1923-4):

    Figures Lying on the Sand (1926):

    The Spectre of Sex-Appeal (1932):

    Portrait of Gala with Two Lamb Chops Balanced on Her Shoulder (1933):

    Autumn Cannibalism, 1936. As with many artists, Dali was to depict war and conflict in several of his major works. Autumn Cannibalism was painted in the year the civil war began in Spain. The painting is an  interpretation of the horror and destruction of war, and also containts hints on the nature of sexual relationships:

    Soft self-portrait with grilled bacon (1941):

    Poetry of America / The Cosmic Athletes (1943). Dalí painted this oil painting in the United States. The landscape is a mixture of the Empurdá plain and Cap de Creus and of the vast American deserts. The skin shaped as Africa appears in the background, on the tower of time, with the clock marking the time and the athletes - American football players - with the vertical symbolism of the Coca-Cola bottle between them, and the black telephone, encrusted into the bottle, from which comes a huge black stain that falls onto a white cloth that is attached to the athletes. The black stain has been the object of different interpretations, one of which ponders with the idea that it is a representation of the American racial problem. For me - it symbolizes the racial tension in the USA:

    Geopoliticus Child Watcing the Birth of the New Man, 1943. This painting depicts the large egg-shaped globe of the world out of which a man from North America is struggling to hatch. There is blood running out of the crack in the egg and the new man's hand has England firmly in its grasp. In the foreground two figures are watching; one an adult the other a small child. The adult, of indeterminate sex, is drawing the child's attention by pointing at the new man being birthed, which is seen as Baku, Azerbaijan. The child is standing as if afraid - both hiding behind and holding on to the adult's knees. The painting is thought to be the parody during World War II, which shows the man emerging from the egg is rising out of the "new" nation, United States, which was in the process of becoming a new world power. Africa and South America are both enlarged, representing the growing importance of the Third World, while Europe is being crushed by the man's hand, indicating its diminishing importance as an international power:

    Galarina (1944-45). Gala was the love of Dali's life, his one and only Gala. Gala was not only his wife but his endless source of inspiration. Salvador Dali had a pure, raw, some would even say a spiritual passion for Gala, and it is reflected in much of his art:

    The Basket of Bread (1945). There is another painting of Basket of Bread from 1926:

    Leda Atomica (1949). Dali himself described “Leda Atomica” as a picture created “in accordance with the modern ‘nothing touches’ theory of intra – atomic Physics”. “Leda does not touch the swan; Leda does not touch the pedestal; the pedestal does not touch the base; the base does not touch the sea; the sea does not touch the shore . . .” he explains.  Thus, presenting a suspended world similar to the one of the atomic scale. The design of the composition is purely mathematical and carefully prepared as is revealed in a 1947 study of the artist. Leda (portrayed as his wife Gala) and the swan are inscribed in a regular pentagon, closely connected to the golden ratio. Dali conceived the design influenced by the Romanian polymath Prince Matila Costiesco Ghyka. The mathematical formula for the length of the pentagon’s side appears in the lower right side of the study:

    Galatea of the Spheres (1952). A marvelous portrait of Dali's wife known as Gala. Gala was born Elena Ivanovna Diakonova (7 September 1894 – 10 June 1982) in Russia, to a family of intellectuals. As a young woman she graduated as a school-teacher in 1915 from a University in Moscow. Dali first met Gala in 1929 while working on the film Un Chien Andalou (the Andalusian Dog) by Luis Bunuel, Gala was the wife of another Surrealist Paul Eluard. Causing a rift in his family and tensions with other Surrealists Dali seduced Gala away from Eluard. In 1934 Dali and Gala were married in a civil ceremony in Paris and in 1958 the church permitted a Catholic ceremony (Gala's former husband died in 1952) and forever after she became known as Gala Éluard Dalí. Gala managed Dali's business affairs for their entire marriage a task to which the artist was unsuited. Dali considered Gala his world and his saviour and signed many of his works with her name. This amazing portrait is one of the many works in which Dali paints his feelings for Gala. This painting today sits in the Palace of the Wind Gallery:

    Abstract paintings which seen from two metres as Three Lenines - changes into the Head of a Royal Tiger as seen from six metres, 1962:

    Car Naval. Rainy taxi (1974-1985) in the central patio of the museum:

    Queen Esther, by Dali's friend Ernest Fuchs - opposite the Rainy Car or Taxi:

    Below is a painting in the great room that looks out to the Rainy car sculpture:

    The central patio glass geodesic dome roof. You see this "Dome" also from the outside. It is one of the museum's landmarks:

    The central Patio in the Museum - behind the Rainy Taxi:

    Queen Esther opposite the Rainy Car or Taxi:

    Face of Mae West Which Can Be Used as an Apartment (1974). In this installation at Dali Theatre-Museum, he created a reconstruction of a portrait he did of Mae West in the 1930s. The elements representing her lips, nose, eyes, are framed by platinum hair which isn’t shown in this photo, unfortunately. On the same level as the exhibit, they look like individual pieces, as shown below. But from a platform above, the full picture is visible...:

    Gala Nude Looking at the Sea (1975)

    which at 18 metres appears as President Lincoln.

    The Pearl. After the Infanta Margarita and Las Meninas by Velázquez, 1981. Salvador Dalí's admiration for the character and work of Velázquez is well known:

    Ceiling fresco in the Palace of the Wind. One of the ceiling paintings in a fairly large room packed with paintings and sculptures. Many people believe that the legs (in red) belong to Dali's wife - Gala. The opposite couple of legs, opposite, with the mustache - belong to Salvador Dali himself:

    The connotation of limp clocks:

    Michelangelo’s Moses – with octopus perched on top. The real Moses statue is in Basilica San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome (see Tipter "Christian Rome - Tour of Four Major Basilicas" blog:

    Decorative skeleton:

    Salvador Dali bedroom (his own design):

    Although the work exhibited is basically by Dalí, there are also works by other artists who Dalí wanted to include: Antoni Pitxot, Evarist Vallès, the private collection of Salvador Dalí with works by El Greco, Marià Fortuny, Modest Urgell, Ernest Meissonier, Marcel Duchamp, Gerard Dou, etc. Similarly, in different galleries of the Theatre-Museum, works can be found by Bouguereau, John de Andrea, Wolf Vostell, Meifrén and Ernst Fuchs, among others.

    Pitxot, Antoni - Sleeping Beach, 1974. One in a series of paintings comprised of "pebbles" and broken stones:

    Pitxot, Antoni - Woman lying on red background, 1976:

    Pitxot, Antoni - Giorgione's Maternity, 1977:

    Pitxot, Antoni - The Allegory of the Memory, 1979:

    More surrealistic paintings:

    Pitxot, Antoni (?):

    Dali's surrealistic sculptures:

    There are several Kaliedescopes / prisms  with surrealistic optic-illusion sights:

    Another one - Dali touches a dancer's leg:

    Poster of Bulls Fight (Corrida de Toros) from the 1950s with the name of salvador Dali:

    1968 Aliyah to Israel - the series of graphic work entitled "Aliyah" dates from 1968, and was an assignment to commemorate the twenty years anniversary of the proclamation of the State of Israel. Dalí created a series of 25 mixed media paintings including gouache, watercolors and Indian ink on paper. They were reproduced as photolithographs and published in a limited edition presented in a folder with a letter of introduction by David Ben-Gurion, a key figure in the history of Israel. In order to illustrate the various meanings of the Hebrew world "aliyah", which means literally "migration to the land of Israel", the artist took inspiration from the Old Testament as well as contemporary history. Dalí depicted the vessel "Eliahu Golomb", full of refugees from the concentration camps, setting sail to Israel in 1946, despite the prohibition imposed by Palestine under the British Mandate. He also portrays David Ben-Gurion reading the Declaration of Independence in 1948. As usual in Dalí's work, the pieces also contain elements from his own iconography. This is the case with two lithographs that contain references to a major painting of that period, Tuna Fishing, an oil painting inspired by the Mediterranean coastal fishing practice which dates back to antiquity:

    Since the death of Salvador Dalí, in 1989, one can also visit the crypt with his grave, situated in the centre of the museum; a space which was remodelled in 1997 in order to exhibit there a collection of gold jewellery designed by the artist. Dali was attracted by the materials and not by the money concerned. Salvador Dali designed these jewels in the 1940's and 50's and the original pieces were made up by the silversmith Carlos Alemany under the close supervision of the artist himself. As well as designing the jewels, Dali personally selected all the materials and precious stones used in each one. They were chosen not only for their quality and value, but for the symbolic meanings of each. In 1958 the Dali Jewel Collection was purchased by the Owen Cheatham Foundation and exhibited to raise money for various charitable organizations in the United States. The original pieces now reside at the Figueres Museum. It’s dark there. Taking photographs is difficult:

    The human eye - with the tear in the left bottom corner:

    Look and stay breathless:

    Leaf Veined Hands:

    Peace Medal:

    Dali's Tristan & Isolde Brooch:

    Short history: Inaugurated in 1974, the Dalí Theatre-Museum rises on the remains of the former Municipal Theatre of Figueres and is considered to be the last great work of Salvador Dalí. Everything in it was conceived and designed by the artist so as to offer visitors a real experience and draw them into his unique and captivating world. At the beginning of the 1960s Ramon Guardiola, Mayor of Figueres at the time, asked Salvador Dalí to donate a work for the Museu de l'Empordà. Dalí's reply came quickly: he would donate to Figueres not just a single work, but an entire museum. From the 'seventies onwards, Dalí devoted his entire attention to the museum project, taking part in it and designing its tiniest details, until it became real with the official inauguration of the Dalí Theatre-Museum on 28 September 1974. Dali’s relationship with his place of birth is powerful, deep and intense. He rescued and restored the burned out theatre across from the church where he was baptized, and where he held his first exhibition as a painter. The museum is his personal design based on his own aesthetics. It holds the representative range of all his works created during his lifetime. One of the most noticeable features of the museum, the transparent reticular-shape like a geodesic dome that crowns the building, was entrusted by Salvador Dalí to the Murcian architect Emilio Pérez Piñero (1935-1972). That dome has now become the main icon of the Theatre-Museum and a great landmark for the city of Figueres.

    Around Dali Museum:

    Church of Sant Pere: while queuing-up to the museum cashier - the church is on your right (east). Figueres' largest church is where Dalí was baptised and where his family regularly attended mass. The site dates back to the year 1020, and it still houses some remains of its Roman past. However, the current building is mainly of Gothic construction, although it has undergone multiple extensions over the years. The baptismal font is the same one in which Dalí himself was baptised:

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    Tip 4: Italian and Spanish Renaissance and Fine Art.

    The Main Attractions:

    The New Hermitage: Raphael Loggias - Room 227, The Small Italian Skylight Room - Room 237, The Large Italian Skylight Room - Room 238, The Small Spanish Skylight Room - Room 239, The Spanish Skylight Room or the Spanish Cabinet - Room 240, The Italian Cabinet - Room 230, The Majolica Room - Room 229.

    The Great (Old) Hermitage: Giulio Romano,  A Pair of Lovers - Room 226, The Veronese Room - Room 222, The Titian Room - Room 221, The Leonardo da Vinci Room - Room 214.

    Part of the Italian Renaissance galleries (where we start, now) reside in the eastern wing of the New Hermitage with paintings, sculpture, majolica and tapestry from Italy of the 15th–16th centuries, including Conestabile Madonna and Madonna with Beardless St. Joseph by Raphael. The first floor of the New Hermitage contains three large interior spaces in the center of the museum complex with red walls and lit from above by skylights. These are adorned with 19th-century Russian lapidary works and feature Italian and Spanish canvases of the 16th-18th centuries, including Veronese, Giambattista Pittoni, Tintoretto, Velázquez and Murillo. In the enfilade of smaller rooms alongside the skylight rooms the Italian and Spanish fine art of the 15th-17th centuries, including Michelangelo's Crouching Boy and paintings by El Greco. The other rooms of Italian Renaissance Art are on the first floor of the Old Hermitage and were designed by Andrei Stakenschneider  between 1851 and 1860, although the design survives only in some of them. They feature works of Italian Renaissance artists, including Giorgione, Titian, Veronese, as well as Benois Madonna and Madonna Litta attributed to Leonardo da Vinci or his school.

    Italian Sculpture - 18-19th centuries - Room 242:

    Giovanni Duprè, Cain, Room 242. Giovanni Duprè, 1817 – 1882, was an Italian sculptor, settled in Tuscany, who developed a reputation second only to that of his contemporary Lorenzo Bartolini (see below):

    Lorenzo Bartolini, Nymph with a Scorpion, Italy, Between 1846 and 1851.
    Lorenzo Bartolini, 1777 – 1850, was an Italian sculptor who mixed his neoclassicism with sentimental piety and naturalistic detail. He drew inspiration from the sculpture of the Florentine Renaissance:

    From room 242 continue northward and, immediately, turn right to the long Raphael Loggias - Room 227. The Raphael Loggias in the New Hermitage Museum are copies of the famous gallery created during the 16th century in the Vatican Palace. The gallery known as the Raphael Loggias, was designed by Giacomo Quarenghi and painted by Cristopher Unterberger and his workshop in the 1780s as a replication of the loggia in the Vatican in Rome frescoed by Raphael Sanzio da Urbino (1483-1520), runs along the eastern facade. The vaults of this gallery are decorated with paintings based upon Biblical stories, and the walls are covered with human and animal forms interwoven with flowers and foliage. This decorative ornamentation was found in the ruins of Nero’s Golden House, referred to as grotesques. The Raphael Loggias in the Hermitage reveal the links of 18th century Classicism with Renaissance and Classical art. But that is also where the comparisons end.

    Now, we change direction and move westward to a series of three halls lit from the outside. We start with The Small Italian Skylight Room - Room 237. The vaults of the room are richly decorated with gilded mouldings. The room is adorned by the works of 19th-century Russian stone artisans. The 16th- and 17th-century paintings to be seen here are part of the display of Italian art, one of the largest in the Hermitage. Particularly noteworthy in this room are works by Veronese and Tintoretto, and also those of artists of the Bolognese and Roman schools, including Annibale Carracci, Guercino, Guido Reni and Carlo Maratti.

    Paolo Veronese,  Conversion of Saul, Italy, Circa 1570 - The Small Italian Skylight Room - Room 237. An enormous canvas of chaos and confusion and no obvious subject until you focus on Saul laid low in the composition:

    Jacopo Robusti or Tintoretto, Birth of St John the Baptist, Italy, 1550s - The Small Italian Skylight Room - Room 237:

    Massimo Stanzione, 1585-1656, Death of Cleopatra, Italy, 1630s - 1640s - The Small Italian Skylight Room - Room 237:

    The next (westward) hall is The Large Italian Skylight Room - Room 238. This large room contains a display of 17th- and 18th-century Italian painting of celebrated artists as Canaletto, Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista Crespi and Francesco Guardi. The vaults of the room are decorated with moulded ornament in which Renaissance motifs predominate:

    Michele Marieschi (school of Canaletto), Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy, 1740s - The Large Italian Skylight Room - Room 238:

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1696-1770, Coriolanus at the Walls of Rome, Italy, Circa 1730 - The Large Italian Skylight Room - Room 238:

    Giuseppe Maria Crespi, 1665-1747, Death of St Joseph, Italy, Circa 1712 - The Large Italian Skylight Room - Room 238:

    The collection of Spanish painting occupies two halls on the first floor in the New Hermitage: the Small Spanish Skylight Hall and the Spanish Cabinet (rooms 239-240).

    The Small Spanish Skylight Room - Room 239. Designed by Leo von Klenze 1851. You find here Spanish 17th- and 18th-century painting: two paintings by the great Spanish master Velazquez - Luncheon and Portrait of Olivares (1638), as well as works by other celebrated 17th-century artists - Ribera, Zurbaran and Cano, and a large collection of Murillos.

    Diego Velazquez, Portrait of Gaspar de Guzman, Count-Duke Olivares, Spain, 1638 - The Small Spanish Skylight Room - Room 239:

    Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1617-1682, Isaac Blessing Jacob, Spain, Circa 1660 - The Small Spanish Skylight Room - Room 239:

    Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Jacob's Dream, Spain, Between 1660 and 1665 - The Small Spanish Skylight Room - Room 239:

    Move northward from room 239 to The Spanish Skylight Room or the Spanish Cabinet - Room 240. Far smaller room than the former one. Again, Spanish artists of the 15th to early 17th century. Visitors' attention is drawn to one of the masterpieces of the picture gallery - El Greco's painting of The Apostles Peter and Paul and other works by that great Spanish painter:

    El Greco,  The Apostles Peter and Paul, circa 16th-century - The Spanish Skylight Room - Room 240:


    El Greco , St Bernard, Spain, 1579 - The Spanish Skylight Room - Room 240:


    Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, Portrait of Diego de Villamayor, Spain, 1605, FANTASTIC PICTURE - The Spanish Skylight Room - Room 240. This vibrant portrait of a 17-year-old courtier in burnished black and gold armour by a much less-well known artist is a remarkably successful study of power and character !

    From the Spanish Skylight Room we continue to a long series of inner rooms in the New Hermitage: the majority include Italian Art and the minority of them - Spanish Art. We start with rooms 230 -236, continue to the Majolica Room and finalize with rooms 207-226. We shall show, here, the most notable masterpieces or famous highlights - displayed in these rooms. The sequence of the inner rooms, in this tip - is according to our course of walking. From Room 240 we move eastward, first, to room 236.


    Francesco Guardi, 1712-1793, View (Veduta) of the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy, Between 1765 and 1775 - Italian Art - Room 236:

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - Maecenas Presenting the Liberal Arts,1743 - Italian Art - Room 236:

    Pietro Rotari, Portrait of Countess A.M. Vorontsova, Italy, Between 1756 and 1762 -  talian Art - Room 235:

    Francesco Solimena, 1657-1747, Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well, Italy, Late 1690s - Italian Art - Room 234:

    Mattia Preti, Concert, Italy, Circa 1630 - Italian Art - Room 234:

    Alessandro Algardi, 1598-1654, Portrait of Olimpia Pamphilj (aristocrat and art-lovers Italian, Roman family), Italy, 1640s - Italian Art - Room 233:

    Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1598-1680, Constantine the Great, Italy, Circa 1662-1663 - Italian Art - Room 232:

    Bernardo Strozzi (Il Cappuccino), 1581-1644, St Secundus and Angel, Italy, Circa 1635-1640 - Italian Art - Room 232:

    Andrea Sacchi, 1599-1661, Venus at Rest, Italy - Italian Art - Room 231:

    Guido Reni, 1575-1642, St Joseph with Infant Christ in his Arms, Italy, Circa 1635 - Italian Art - Room 231:

    The last room and most eastern in this roow of inner rooms with Italian Art - is room 230 - the Italian cabinet. Here, you find one of the most famous highlights of the Itallian Renaissance art: The Crouching Boy by Michelangelo:

    Buonarroti Michelangelo, Crouching Boy, Italy, Between 1530 and 1534. Originally the sculpture was intended for the Medici chapel in the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence - The Italian Cabinet - Room 230:

    Baccio Bandinelli, Faun - The Italian Cabinet - Room 230:

    From room 230 we turn left, north, to The Majolica Room - Room 229. This is one of the grand halls of the New Hermitage. Constructed in the mid-19th century to the design of Leo von Klenze for the purpose of displaying the collection of cameos. The interior decoration of this room is based on motifs of Renaissance art. The hall features the collection of Italian art of the 15th and 16th centuries.

    Raphael (Raffaello Santi), 1483-1520, Madonna and Child (The Conestabile Madonna) - The Majolica Room - Room 229:

    Francesco Xanto Avelli, circa 1487-circa 1542, Tile, The Battle of Achilles and Hector, Italy - The Majolica Room - Room 229:

    Francesco Xanto Avelli, circa 1487-circa 1542, Plate. Polyphemus, Galatea and Acis, Italy, 1535 - The Majolica Room - Room 229:

    From the Majolica room - we turn right, EAST, the small room number 226. Browse it quickly.

    The Workshop of Orazio Fontana, Dish. Minerva and Muses, Italy, Between 1565 and 1570 - room 226:

    WE ENTER, NOW THE The Great (Old) Hermitage.

    Continue north to room 224 and, later, to room 216.Here, YOU FOND ONE OF THE MOST MONUMENTAL PICTURES IN THE WHOLE HERMITAGE. STUNNING. BREATH-TAKING.  Giulio Romano (1499-1546), A Pair of Lovers or The Two Lovers, (Due Amanti), c. 1525. This painting illustrates Giulio Romano's tendency for erotic subject matter. It may show the encounter between Zeus and Alcmene. Alcmene was the mother of Hercules and the wife of Amphitryon, but the night she conceived Hercules and his twin brother Iphicles, Alcmene mated with both Zeus, who had disguised himself as her husband, and Amphitryon. As a result, Zeus was Hercules's father, but Amphitryon was the father of Iphicles. The alarmed dog at the maidservant's feet points to a breach of marital fidelity. The bed's carved decoration of a satyr and nymph may allude to another of Zeus's amorous adventures, when he assumed the guise of a satyr to make love to the nymph Antiope. Giulio Romano was an Italian painter and architect and notably a prominent pupil of Raphael. His stylistic deviations from Renaissance’s Classicism help define the 16th-century style known as Mannerism. This picture stood in Catherine-the-Great bedroom for tens of years. What an inspiration !!!

    Room 216 provides a wonderful view over the little Winter (Zimnaya) Canal and the Hermitage Theatre.

    The next series of rooms: 217-222 are centered around Venetian art. Turn LEFT, WEST to room 223 (NOT TO room 215 !), pass it quickly and arrive to, the more interesting, The Veronese Room - Room 222.

    Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Mourning of Christ, Pietà - The Veronese Room - Room 222:

    Paolo Veronese, Resurrection of Christ, Italy, 1570s -  The Veronese Room - Room 222:

    The next, westward room is The Titian Room - Room 221. The room is used to display works from the later part of the career of Titian (1488-1576), the great Venetian Renaissance artist. They include Danaë, The Repentant Mary Magdalene and St Sebastian. The Titian Room is one of the courtyard-side suite of rooms in the Old (Large) Hermitage that was decorated by Andrei Stakenschneider in the 1850s.

    Room 221:

    Titian - Venus in Mirror- Titian Room - Room 221:

    Titian - Danae - Titian Room - Room 221:

    Titian - Pope Paul III - Titian Room - Room 221:

    Titian - Repentant Mary Magdalene- Titian Room - Room 221:

    Titian - St. Sebastian - Titian Room - Room 221:

    Room 220 is full with Italian painters. Most of the pictures are portraits.

    Lorenzo Lotto - Old Man - Room 220:

    Lorenzo Lotto - Family Portrait - Room 220:

    Room 219 includes, among others, pictures of Titian, Sebastiano del Piombo and Paris Bordone:

    Titian, Portrait of Young Lady - room 219:

    Titian, The Flight into Egypt, c. 1506-07- room 219 (or room 217):

    Paris Bordone, 1500-1571, Portrait of a Lady with a Boy, Italy, Mid-1530s - room 219:

    Leandro Bassano, Carrying of the Cross, Italy, Early 1580s - Italian Art - Room 218:

    Jacopo Bassano (another Bassano...), 1517-1592, Autumn, Italy, 1577-1578 - Italian Art - Room 218:

    Giorgione (Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco), Judith, Italy, 1504 - Italian Art - Room 217:

    Room 217 opens to the smallish room 208 - Italian Painting of 13th-15th centuries. (room 206 - see Tip 3).

    Simone Martini, circa 1284-1344, Madonna from the Annunciation Scene, Italy, Between 1340 and 1344 - Italian Art - Room 207:

    Continue eastward to room 209.

    Fra Angelico, 1387-1455, Madonna and Child with Four Аngels, Italy, Early 1420s - Italian Art - Room 209:

    Fra Filippo Lippi, circa 1406-1469, Vision of St Augustine, Italy, Circa 1460 -  Italian Art - Room 209:

    Room 210 is about early Florentine art.
    Andrea della Robbia, Boy with a Garland, Italy, Florence, 15th - early 16th century - room 210:

    We pass (our face eastward) through rooms 211 and 212.

    Perugino, Portrait of a Young Man - Room 213:

    Perugino, circa 1450-1523, St Sebastian, Italy, 1493-1494 - Room 213:

    We arrive to The Leonardo da Vinci Room - Room 214. The Hermitage holds only two pictures of Leonardo da Vinci - and they are, both, in this room.

    The two paintings from Leonardo Da Vinci are probably the biggest attraction of the whole museum. Especially in summer there will be a huge crowd (the above pictures was taken in June !

    Leonardo da Vinci. 1452-1519, The Benois Madonna (Madonna and the Child), Italy, 1478-1480 - Italian Art - Room 214:

    Leonardo da Vinci. 1452-1519, The Madonna Litta, Italy, Circa 1490 - Italian Art - Room 214:

    In the last, most north-eastern room no. 215 - you find pictures of Lenardo da Vinci pupils.

    School of Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519, Nude Woman ("Donna Nuda"), Italy - room 215:

    Correggio (Antonio Allegri). 1489-1534, Portrait of a Lady, Italy, 1518-1519 - Room 215:

    Francesco Melzi. 1493-1570, Flora, Italy, Circa 1520 - Room 215. This portrait by one of Leonardo da Vinci followers is so appealing - that it reminds you, something of, the famous Mona Lisa:

    We arrive, again, to Room 216 - where resides the MONUMENTAL picture of Giulio Romano (1499-1546): A Pair of Lovers or The Two Lovers (Due Amanti). In our eyes - one of the most sensational and impressive masterpieces in the Hermitage.

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    Updated at Nov 15,2015

    Tip 2: The Small Hermitage: French Art , Art of the Western European Middle Ages, Dutch Art and the Pavilion Hallt:

    Main Attractions: Poussin Room - room 279, Lorrain Room - room 280, Room 284 (Antoine Watteau), Room 285 (François Boucher) (Etienne Maurice Falconet), Bernard Palissy - French Porcelains - Room 273, Rooms 255-262, The Pavilion Hall - Room 204.

    French Art - rooms 263-281:

    Now, we browse the most southern rooms in the central section of the 1st floor - numbered 263-281. Coming from the Great Church (room 271) you might start at room 270 (anti-clockwise) or room 272 (clockwise). In the 18th century increased the popularity of French art among art collectors. This trend was reflected also in the putchases of Catherine the Great. She was responsible for bringing to St. Petersburg of most of the French famous art treasures - found in these rooms. With twelve works by Nicolas Poussin and the same number by Claude Gellee (Lorrain), paintings by the Le Nain brothers, Antoine Watteau, Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jean-Baptiste Chardin, the exhibition of French paintings from the 16th to 18th century is one of the highlights of the Hermitage. The most known French painters represented in the Hermitage collection are: Claude Gellée, known as Lorrain (1600-1682), one of the foremost French Classicists of the 17th century (room 280) and the great French Classical artist of the 17th century Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) - room 279.

    Evening Landscape - Claude Lorrain (room 280). Claude Lorrain also known as Claude Gellée.  C. 1600 – 23 November 1682 was a French painter who spent most of his life in Italy, and is admired for his achievements in landscape painting.

    Landscape of River Tiber - Claude Lorrain (room 280):

    Italian Landscape - Claude Lorrain (room 280):

    Tancred and Erminia - Nicolas Poussin (room 279). Nicolas Poussin - June 1594 – 19 November 1665, was a leading painter of the classical French Baroque style, although he spent most of his working life in Rome. His work is characterized by favor of line over color. He worked in Rome for a circle of leading collectors there and elsewhere, except for a short period when Cardinal Richelieu ordered him back to France to serve as First Painter to the King. Most of his works are history paintings of religious or mythological subjects that very often have a large landscape element:

    Rest on the Flight into Egypt - Nicolas Poussin (room 279):

    An Embarrasing Proposal (1715) - Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) - room 284. Jean-Antoine Watteau, 1684 – 1721, better known as Antoine Watteau, was a French painter whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in colour and movement, as seen in the tradition of Correggio and Rubens. Watteau best known subjects were drawn from the world of Italian comedy and ballet:

    The Capricious Girl - Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) - room 284:

    Coypel, Charles-Antoine - Fury of Achilles - room 284. Charles-Antoine Coypel ,1694 – 1752, was a French painter, art commentator, and playwright. He lived in Paris and was the son of the artist Antoine Coypel and inherited his father’s design and painting duties as First Painter to the King at the French court when his father died in 1722. He became premier Painter to the King and director of the Académie Royale in 1747. He received a number of commissions for paintings for the Palais de Versailles, and worked for Madame de Pompadour, the king’s mistress. Coypel was an excellent tapestry designer. He designed tapestries for the Gobelins manufactory. His most successful tapestries were created from a series illustrating Don Quixote. These illustrations were painted as cartoons for tapestries, and were engraved and published in a deluxe folio in Paris in 1724. Coypel created twenty-eight small paintings for these tapestries over a number of years. Over two hundred pieces of the Don Quixote series were woven between 1714 and 1794. He received a commission to design a series of theatrical scenes for tapestries for the queen of Poland in 1747.Coypel also wrote prose, several comedies, two tragedies, and some poetry:

    Apollo and Daphne - Jean-Francois de Troy - Room 284. Jean François de Troy,  1679 - 1752, Rome, was a French Rococo painter and tapestry designer. He was one of a family of painters, being the son of the portrait painter François de Troy (1645–1730), under whom he first studied, and at whose expense he first went to Italy from 1699 to 1706, staying in Rome, but also visiting many north Italian cities:

    Room 285:

    Pastoral Scene - François Boucher - room 285:

    François Boucher - Landscape Near Beauvais - room 285:

    Cupid - Etienne Maurice Falconet - room 285:

    Bernard Palissy - French Porcelains - Room 273:

    Room 273 - French Icons:

    Lamentation - Jacques Bellange - room 273:

    Portrait of a Young Man - Pierre Dumonstier, 1570-75 - room 273:

    Allegorical Portrait of Anna of Austria - Simon Vouet (1590 - 1649) - room 275 or 276:

    Hercules Among the Olympians - Simon Vouet (1590 - 1649) - room 275 or 276:

    Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple - Eustache Le Sueur - room 275 or 276:

    Jacob Burying Laban's Images - Sebastien Bourdon - room 276:

    Room 297 - see Tip 1.

    Art of the Western European Middle Ages - Rooms 255 -262: These rooms reside in the central part of Floor 1. We are in the Small Hermitage. We move from south to north.

    Room 262:

    Group Portrait of the Shooting Company of Amsterdam, 1532 - Dirk Jacobsz (1496–1567, was a Dutch Renaissance painter) - Room 262:

    Brueghel, Pieter the Younger - Winter Landscape with a River, The Netherlands, 1615-1620 - room 262:

    Brueghel, Pieter the Younger - Fair with a Theatrical Presentation,
    The Netherlands, First Half of 17th century - room 262:

    The Lamentation - Goes, Hugo van der, The Netherlands, Early 16th century - room 261:

    From room 261 turn left to the small room no. 260:

    We found in room 260 - a quartet of singers:

    Return to room 261 and continue north to the LONG hall or room 259:

    Figurine of the Sitting Madonna with Child, France, Early of the 14th:

    Plaques with Scenes from the Novel of Tristan, France, First half of 14th century:

    Cross the smallish room 203 and enter The Pavilion Hall - Room 204. Pavilion Hall, designed by Andrei Stackenschneider in 1858. Andrei Stakenschneider is the most significant Russian architect of the Eclecticism style. In the design of this interior he intermingled architectural elements of Classical Antiquity, Renaissance and the Orient. The Pavilion Hall occupies the first floor of the Northern Pavilion in the Small Hermitage. The hall is adorned with an arcade of columns supporting a graceful gallery. The combination of light marble with gilt stucco ornaments and the brightly shining twenty-eight crystal chandeliers make it particularly impressive. It features the 18th-century golden Peacock Clock by James Cox and a collection of mosaics. The floor of the hall is adorned with a 19th-century imitation of an ancient Roman mosaic:

    The Golden Peacock - Pavilion Hall - room 204:

    The Neva river from the Pavilion Hall:

    From the Pavilion Hall - it is easy to have a glance at the Small Hermitage Garden:

    From the Pavilion Hall we move southward to a further series of 3-4 rooms of Western European Middle Ages and Dutch Art: rooms 255 - 258. Later, we move  eastward to the New Hermitage and a large group of rooms of Flemish, Dutch and German Art (rooms 206-248).

    European Middle Ages - Room 255: - Cranach the Elder - Portrait of a Woman:

    European Middle Ages - Room 255: - Cranach the Elder - Venus and Cupid:

    Dutch Art - Room 256: Frans hals - Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Glove, Holland, Circa 1650. Frans Hals the Elder c. 1582 – 1666, was a Dutch Golden Age portrait painter who lived and worked in Haarlem. He is notable for his loose painterly brushwork, and he helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art. Hals played an important role in the evolution of 17th-century group portraiture:

    Dutch Art - Room 256: Dirck Hals - Home Concert, The Netherlands, 1623. Dirck Hals, 1591 – 1656, born at Haarlem, was a Dutch painter of festivals and ballroom scenes. He was influenced by his elder brother Frans Hals:

    Dutch Art - Room 257: Adriaen van der Werff - Sarah Bringing Hagar to Abraham, Holland, 1696. Adriaen van der Werff, 1659 – 1722, was an  Dutch painter of portraits and mythological scenes:

    Dutch Art - Room 257: Jan Steen, Idlers, Holland, Circa 1660. Jan Havickszoon Steen, 1626 – 1679, was a Dutch painter of the 17th century (also known as the Dutch Golden Age. His works are known for their psychological insight, sense of humour and abundance of colour:


     You may skip room 258. We recommend returning to room 255 or room 205 or even back to the Pavilion Hall - and from there move eastward to the New Hermitage and a large group of rooms of Flemish, Dutch and German Art (rooms 206-248). The first room, there, will be room 206 or the Council Staircase. Skip to Tip 3.