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Hermitage

New in St. Petersburg: Fashion, Fabergé and a Luxe Roman Spa

Susan Jaques | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Susan Jaques

In 1764, Russia's art-loving Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage Museum with the first of many paintings acquisitions. This year, to celebrate its 250th anniversary, the Hermitage has organized a visual feast: "At the Russian Imperial Court: Costumes of the 18th - early-20th Centuries."

From Van Gogh to Kandinsky

Edward Goldman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Last week, I was supposed to travel to Holland to pay my respects to the Girl with the Pearl Earring. This famous painting by Vermeer reclaimed its ...

Slow Boat to Moscow

Barbara Barton Sloane | Posted 02.11.2014 | Travel
Barbara Barton Sloane

I recently cruised the Viking Waterways of the Czars excursion from St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow on this, the largest fleet of river vessels in the world.

World's Most Beautiful Museums

Budget Travel | Posted 09.30.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

There's nothing like a relaxing afternoon spent basking in the glory of world-famous paintings and sculptures -- not to mention picking up a keepsake in the museum shop. Here, our favorite collections of art, and suggestions for must-see masterpieces and gift-shop grabs.

Cameo Appearances

Susan Jaques | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Susan Jaques

With deep pockets, Catherine the Great lured some of Europe's most talented architects and artists to St. Petersburg to produce everything from elegant palaces and interiors to a monumental tribute to Peter the Great.

Religious Russians Not Happy About New Hermitage Exhibit

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.11.2012 | Arts

A number of Russian Orthodox Christians are up in arms over an art exhibit currently on view at the country's State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg...

Calatrava Comes To Russian Hermitage

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 07.26.2012 | Arts

Santiago Calatrava is one of the world's most renown architects, so it's no surprise that he should finally have a show at the Hermitage, one of Russi...

Syrah: The Rodney Dangerfield of Wine

Richard Jennings | Posted 03.26.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

The standard joke in the wine business the past couple years has been, "What's the difference between syphilis and Syrah? You can get rid of a case of syphilis." I, for one, think it's high time that Syrah got some love.

Van Gogh Museum Closing For Renovations

AP | Posted 08.24.2011 | Arts

AMSTERDAM — The Van Gogh Museum is shutting its doors for six months for renovations starting next year, its director said Friday, becoming the ...

Where Have You Been?

Jenny Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Jenny Block

Where have I traveled and where have I been in the last five years or so? What I discovered from my list is that the more aware I was forced to be, the more enjoyable the experience.

Frick Collection Doesn't Frickin' Get It

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ashley Wren Collins

The Frick Collection does not admit children under the age of 10 (though it says nothing about admitting those under the age of two) and its young educational outreach programs are geared only to middle school students and older.