350th anniversary of the birth of Peter the Great: permanent exhibition of Russian culture in the first half of the 18th century


The exhibition is housed in the part of the Winter Palace overlooking the main courtyard which once contained the childhood chambers of the sons of Emperor Nicholas I, Konstantin, Nikolai and Mikhail. the Gazprom public limited company acted as general sponsor for the creation of the new display.

The opening of the first phase of the exhibition is timed to coincide with some notable anniversaries – 300 years since the proclamation of the Russian Empire and also 300 years since the signing of the Treaty of Nystadt which ended the Northern War and officially returned lands lost in the previous Russo-Swedish wars. At the same time, the exhibition will be the start of a large-scale project dedicated to the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter the Great, which will take place in May 2022.

The exhibition contains numerous paintings, sculptures and works of applied art, scientific apparatus and instruments from the collections of the palace of Peter the Great, his niece, Empress Anna Ioannovna and his daughter, Empress Elizabeth. The exhibits placed in the rooms of the first phase are devoted to the personality of Peter himself, to the history, culture and art of Russia at the time of the vast reforms he introduced.

Room 156 (the rotunda) recounts the victories of Russia in the Northern War (1700-1721) which ended 300 years ago with the signing of the Treaty of Nystadt. In the center of the room is a model of the triumphal column glorifying the success of the Russian forces. Next to it is the painting of The Battle of Poltava that Peter the Great commissioned from Louis Caravaque and a bronze bust of the first Russian emperor made by the sculptor Bartolomeo Carlo Rastrelli. Hall 157 contains paintings by Russian artists of the Peter’s time and foreigners who worked in Russia. These are mainly portraits of members of the Emperor’s family and eminent statesmen. A display case contains a unique wax bust that recorded the appearance of Peter I with documentary precision. The objects exhibited in hall 158 come from the commemorative collections of the “Study of Peter the Great” and of the “Gallery of Peter I”. Here visitors can see items made by Peter himself, the Tsar’s costumes, canes, seals and other personal effects of the emperor.

On December 28, the opening ceremony will be available for viewing online, while on December 29, curator Natalia Bakhareva, senior researcher at the Department of Russian Cultural History, will take the first online tour.

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