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(January 1st - December 31st, 2005)

Sacha Griffin

Private Waterfall

Alexey Grif

The Leonardo Room of the State Hermitage

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Desember, 15

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This fine room, housing two masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, The Madonna with a Flower (The Benois Madonna) and The Madonna and Child (The Litta Madonna), was designed by Andrei Stackenschneider in 1858.

This is one of the suite of Reserve Rooms (guest rooms) of the Large Hermitage. The room's decoration is based on a combination of the light-coloured walls with porphyritic and jasper columns, lapis lazuli inlays in marble mantelpieces, and rich gilt. Worthy of note is the decoration of the doors in the Boulle technique (inlay with tortoise-shell and copper). Panels in the upper part of the walls were painted by the 17th-century Italian artist Padovanino (Alessandro Varotari); several additional pictorial panels were produced in the 1850s. The six oval medallions over the doors show portraits of field marshals
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