Hermitage Days - 2011
During Hermitage days, the Foyer of the Hermitage Theater was home to the traditional exhibit of the work of the museum's publishing department. In 2011, the State Hermitage Museum's publishing house released 46 books and brochures. As always, the museum's publishing activities are diverse and intended for different categories of readers.
This year, four Hermitage collection catalogues were published. These
volumes, easily recognizable from a design standpoint by their green covers,
are full publications of the hermitage collections. In the Hermitage,
as in any other museum in the world, only some of the exhibition pieces
held in the collection are actually displayed. Catalogues of these collections
give both to the specialist and to the general reader an opportunity to
become familiar with all of the artifacts stored in the museum's repositories.
The collection catalogues appeared this year include: Italian Art of
Scholarly literature occupies a significant place in the Hermitage's publishing activities, in particular, the Papers of the State Hermitage Museum. These are themed anthologies of scholarly articles won various subjects and often materials from scholarly conferences in the Hermitage. In 2011, materials from conferences on Egyptology, Western European art, Byzantine Art and the reign of Peter the Great were published.
The annual scholarly periodical Announcements of the State Hermitage Museum is dedicated to questions of the attribution of exhibition pieces and the history of the Hermitage and the formation of its collections. This publication is produced in both Russian and English Versions.
Every year, the Hermitage publishes several scholarly monographs. This
year was published monograph by I.P. Zasetskaya, The Treasure of the
Khokhlach Barrow. The Novocherkassk Hoard. This is the first scholarly
publication of one of the most interesting and mysterious of the Hermitage
collections, the so-called Novocherkassk Hoard, accidentally discovered
in 1864 on the outskirts of Novocherkassk. Many years of research have
made it possible to determine that the barrow was the burial site of a
noble Sarmatian woman. This book lays out the history of the discovery
and study of this complex, gives a full description of all artifacts discovered
there, their attribution, as well as a reconstruction of how these items
might have been used during the Sarmatian period. The book contains a
large number of illustrations, including some depicting famous artifacts
of Sarmatian art that are currently on display in the Hermitage Treasure
Gallery. The second monograph (Author: G.A. Printseva) entitled The
Siberian Journey of Pavel Pyasetsky is dedicated to a sweeping panoramic
view of the Russian scientist and traveler P. Pyasetsky, depicting the
trans-Siberian railroad in the late
As is usual at the Hermitage, many striking, elegant catalogues for temporary exhibits were published. However, the museum is directing more and more attention to publishing the pieces in permanent exhibits. This year, one such publication was Ancient Egypt in the Hermitage. New Discoveries (Author: A.O. Bolshakov).
The latest volume of the Custodian series, which describes striking
personalities in the history of the Hermitage, is dedicated to Andrey
Valentinovich Pomarnatsky a specialist in Russian culture of the
Popular brochures were published for a wide range of readers. This year, their themes included the collection of Russian toys, a story about the Hermitage's attics, and other fascinating topics. The second edition of one of the most popular brochures The Peacock Clock was published, along with a new English version.
There are now several dozens of books in the State Hermitage Museum Publishing House's portfolio. Next year's releases will include new monographs, albums, popular brochures, publications of archival materials and, of course, catalogues.
The curator of the exhibit is Natalya Vyacheslavovna Martynenko, deputy
head of the Scholarly Library of the State Hermitage Museum.