Russian Curator Speaks about the Romanov Family

Posted: March 5, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Greg Guenthner

Alexey Leporc, curator for the Department of European Art at the State Hermitage Museum, will speak on “The Romanov Dynasty as Art Collectors, the Hermitage Museum, and the Russian State” tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Room B110.

Sponsored by the Department of History and Art History, the lecture is part of several events in the Washington metropolitan area celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of Peter the Great’s vision of the modern city, St. Petersburg, Russia.

In the 18th century, the empress Catherine the Great first began developing the collection at Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Catherine’s grandson, Nicholas I, instituted a public museum known as the new Hermitage within the Winter Palace. Today, the museum is home to more than three million items ranging from the Stone Age to the 20th century.

For more information about the lecture, contact Sheila ffolliott at sffollio@gmu.edu.

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