CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Third Summer School: the Romanov dynasty as collectors of Netherlandish art

Course: 30 July - 12 August 2000


July 30 – August 12, 2000




30 participants


$890 including tuition, lunch (except Sundays), access to museums, and airport transfers. Airfares and accommodation are not included.


Dr. Roman G. Grigoryev, State Hermitage Museum Dr. Boris A. Katz, European University at St. Petersburg

Contact data

Phone (812) 275 51 42
Fax (812) 275 51 39

Information on the course, application form and contact data are available at the Hermitage Museum website: (English version), at the European University website : and at the International Romanov Society site:

Applicants profile

The School is intended for graduate students, art historians, museum curators, and teachers, as well as those interested independently in the history of art and culture.

Application deadline

May 29, 2000. Candidates should submit their application forms by mail, fax or e-mail. Confirmation of acceptance and the order of payment will be forwarded after receiving an application form.


This two-week school, based on the vast collections of the State Hermitage museum, will study the art patronage of the Romanovs from the early XVIII to the early XX centuries with the stress on the Netherlandish art collecting. The teaching will include ‘Days In’ with lectures on the history of collecting tracing personal artistic tastes of Emperors of the Romanov House, and workshops in the particular collections of the Hermitage, alternating with ‘Days Out’ visits to Imperial residences in St. Petersburg and its suburbs.

The course offers unprecedented access to art treasures usually not available to the public as well as opportunities to discuss issues concerning a given collection with its museum curator.

Participants may use the Hermitage library and the University computer facilities.

Additional cultural program (visits to the theaters and concert halls, etc.) can be offered at participants’ expenses.

Course Leaders

Dr. Mikhail Piotrovski

Director, State Hermitage
Full member of the Russian Academy of Humanities, Professor of St. Petersburg State University, Russian Commission for UNESCO
Studies: Islamic Art and Culture
Lecture History of the Imperial Hermitage

Dr. Roman Grigoryev

Head, Print room, State Hermitage
Curator of Dutch and Flemish Prints
Studies: Russian and Dutch art of 16th?18th centuries
Workshops on Dutch and Flemish prints in Russian Collections

Dr. Natalia Gritzaj

Head, Old Masters Painting Section
Curator of Flemish Painting, State Hermitage
Studies: Flemish Old Masters Painting
Workshop Flemish Old Masters Paintings in the Romanovs Collection

Alexey Larionov

Curator of Northern European Schools Drawings, State Hermitage
Studies: Dutch & Flemish Old Masters’ Drawings
Associate Professor, Politechnical University

Alexey Leporc

Studies: European and Russian Art of the 18th-19th centuries

Lecture Netherlandish Drawings Collecting in Russia
Workshops Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Hermitage

Lectures Imperial Art Collecting,
tours Peterhof, Tsarskoe Selo, Oranienbaum, Pavlovsk and Gatchina

Dr. Irina Linnik

Senior Scientific Officer, State Hermitage
Studies: History and Attribution of West European Paintings
Workshop Collections of West European Paintings in Russia

Dr. Irina Sokolova

Curator of Dutch Paintings, State Hermitage
Studies History of Dutch 17th-century Paintings
Workshop The History of Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son

Nadezhda Zhizhina

Curator of the Northern Black Sea Coast Cultures, State Hermitage
Studies: History and Culture of Ancient Greece
Workshop Gold Chambers


Sunday, July 30, Arrival

Introduction to the course and participants at the European University
20.15 Welcome party

Monday, July 31, ‘Day Into’

10.00 – 13.00 Business hours
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.50 Introductory lecture (Dr. M. Piotrovski, Director of the State Hermitage)

Tuesday, August 1, ‘Day In’

10.00 – 12.00 Lecture on Peter I’s Collections
(R. Grigoryev)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Tour: Interiors and Collections of the Winter Palace (M. Kozlovskaja)
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break
15.00 – 17.10 Tour: Interiors and Collections of the New Hermitage (M. Kozlovskaja)

Wednesday, August 2, ‘Day Out’

9.30 – 18.30 Visit to Peterhof (A. Leporc)

Thursday, August 3, ‘Day In’

10.00 – 12.00 Lecture: Catherine II’s Collections (A. Leporc)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Lecture: Dutch & Flemish Drawings in the Collection of Catherine II (A. Larionov)
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break
15.00 – 16.30 Workshop: Dutch & Flemish Drawings of 15th and 16th centuries (A. Larionov)

Friday, August 4, ‘Day Out’

9.30 – 18.30 Visit to Oranienbaum (A. Leporc)

Saturday, August 5, ‘Day In’

10.00 – 11.50 Lecture: Paul I and Alexander I’s collections (A. Leporc)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Workshop: Dutch & Flemish Drawings of the 17th century (A. Larionov)
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break
15.00 – 16.30 Workshop: Recent Discoveries in the Hermitage Collection of Dutch & Flemish Drawings (A. Larionov)
17.30 Discussion

Monday, August 7, ‘Day Out’

9.30 – 18.30 Visit to Tsarskoye Selo (A. Leporc)

Tuesday, August 8, ‘Day In’

10.00 – 12.00 Lecture: Nicholas I as creator of The New Hermitage (A. Leporc)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Lecture: Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son and Danae: the Fate of Masterpieces (I. Sokolova)
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break
15.00 – 16.30 Workshop: History of Romanov’s Dutch Paintings Collection (I. Sokolova)

Wednesday, August 9, ‘Day Out’

18.00 Visit to Pavlovsk and Gatchina (A. Leporc)

Thursday, August 10, ‘Day In’

10.00 – 12.00 Lecture: Artistic Taste and Acquisitions of Alexander III and Nicholas II (A. Leporc)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Workshop: Highlights of Dutch Paintings in the Hermitage Collection (I. Sokolova)
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break
15.00 – 17.00 Workshop: History & Attribution of Old Master’s Paintings: Russian Discoveries (I. Linnik)

Friday, August 11, ‘Day In’

10.00 – 11.50 Lecture: 17th century Flemish Paintings in the Hermitage (N. Gritzaj)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Workshop: The Gold Chambers (N. Zhizhina)
14.30 ? 15.00 Coffee break
15.00 ? 16.30 Workshop: The Gold Chambers (N. Zhizhina)

Saturday, August 12, ‘Day In’

10.00 – 11.50 Workshop: Dutch & Flemish Prints Collection (R. Grigoryev)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Workshop: D. Rovinsky’s Collection of Rembrandt’s Prints (R. Grigoryev)
18.00 – 19.00 Discussion at the European University
Farewell party

Sunday, August 13, Departure

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