Under Italian Sky… Sculptures produced
in Italy by European masters
From 8 June 1999 the Alexander Hall of the Winter Palace will house 40 works by European sculptors of the early 17th to late 19th century. The exhibition consists of marble, bronze and terracotta statues, busts, reliefs and sculptural groups. Fifteen items were created by Italian masters. The other works were executed by German, Danish, English, Russian and Flemish artists. All these items are put together due to the fact that they have the same birthplace - Italy. Besides, the majority of the works are held in the Museum's reserves, thus the public can enjoy a number of fine sculptures rarely exhibited. The most important works in the exhibition are Portrait of a Man (marble) and figure of St Ambrogio (terracotta) produced by the celebrated Italian sculptor Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), Cupid by a notable master of Italian and European Classicism Antonio Canova (1757-1822), marble reliefs and statue Ganymede by Canova's Danish follower Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844), tree works by the foremost French artist of the second half of the 19th century Prospere d'Pinay (1836-1912), and a version of the famous figure Adolescence of Colombo by Giulio Monteverde (1837-1917); this figure was honoured with the prize at the exhibition in Parma in 1870.
This collection is a small portion of sculptural works from the overall Hermitage collection.
Numerous works by artists mentioned above and their contemporaries such as Emil Wolff (1802-1879) and John Gibson (1790-1866) are on display in the Hermitage exhibition rooms.