17th-18th Century Flemish Painting State Hermitage Museum Catalogue Natalya Gritsay, Natalya Babina, Catherine Phillips

Publication date:
24 Aug 2008
Yale University Press
520 pages: 305 x 254mm
200 b-w + 400 color illus.
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Among the many treasures of The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is its remarkable collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Flemish paintings—more than five hundred in all—including key works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens, Snyders, and Teniers. Forming the core of the Hermitage’s Flemish collection, these works were acquired from all over Europe by the Empress Catherine II, and the collection has continued to develop. This magnificent volume is the first to provide detailed information in English with illustrations for every work.

More than 140 artists are represented in the collection and in this complete catalogue, which provides a comprehensive picture of the golden age of Flemish painting. Individual illustrated entries for every work are accompanied by detailed indexes and provenance information that provides a unique view of the history of collecting in Russia.

Natalya Gritsay and Natalya Babina are the curators of Flemish Painting at the State Hermitage Museum.


?? a very welcome publication ? scholarly ? and lavishly illustrated ? This catalogue allows us to gauge the scope and depth of one of [The Hermitage?s] main holdings.? - Gregory Martin, Burlington

"With over 500 works by over 140 artists, the Hermitage offers a comprehensive survey of baroque painting in Antwerp and Brussels. [In this work by two Hermitage Museum curators] most of the stunning paintings by Van Dyck, Jordaens, and Rubens are well studied, yet unfamiliar works by these and other, lesser-known artists reveal the Hermitage's remarkable depth. With full documentation of provenance, inventories, and bibliography, this is indispensable for all specialized libraries."?Choice