The Winter Palace. Ages and Styles
In the first half of the 19th century splendid ensembles of the official
halls and private rooms of the Winter Palace were constructed from the
designs of the famous architects Carlo Rossi and Auguste Montferrand.
The fire of 1837 destroyed the Winter Palace almost to the ground with
only burnt framework left. The architects Vasily Stasov and Alexander
Briullov were commissioned to restore the Winter Palace.
In the second half of the 19th century the architects Alexander Briullov
and Andrei Stakenschneider created in the buildings of the present-day
Hermitage the interiors notable for variety of architectural forms and