The value of collections is clear for visitors of the museum. However, everyone finds for itself(himself) those works and works which are for it the most significant. It is impossible to create objective gradation of exhibits on the importance. It will always be subjective.
Now before our eyes there are a revision and revaluation of those views of history of world art, many of which were considered as axioms a little tens years ago. The horizons of modern history of art more and more extend, the European prevalence more and more gives in. The Hermitage with the riches will be able and has to play in this case a big, active role. Before it extensive field of activity on which all advantages of new understanding and interpretation of art act opens.
For replenishment of antique collections long-term excavation which were regularly conducted by archaeological expeditions of the Hermitage in the ancient centers of an antique civilization in Northern Black Sea Coast have the greatest value: on the island Berezan, in Nimfey and Chersonese. The sculpture, gravestone steles, hundreds of pottery, suspension brackets, rings and other jewelry, subjects of craft and life considerably expanded the funds characterizing the Greek and Roman stages of culture of the cities of Black Sea Coast.
With the greatest completeness the first-class works presented in the Hermitage works of the last great painter of Spain of the XVII century - Bartolomé Esteban Murilyo (1618 – 16 Not incidentally I.E. Repin spoke about that. that it is necessary to study Murilyo in Prado and in the Hermitage.
Near this show-window the armor which appeared in the XVI century is exposed ("maksimilianovskiya" — allegedly invented by the German emperor Maksimilian). The corrugated surface of plates giving to armor big) durability, mobile connection of an armor with a helmet. Reduction of weight and other improvements promoted a wide circulation of these new arms.
The collection of the Mexican, Cuban, Uruguayan graphics started developing. From the Museum of Modern Art in New York sheets of famous modern artists of the USA Ben Shang, Antonio Fraskoni, Robert Raushenberg are received.
It is possible to tell that in the Hermitage there are 7 big departments of cultural history of the different countries, and also a number of constantly operating exhibitions. However, along with constants, the Hermitage brings to attention of visitors the temporary exhibitions which are periodically organized in the museum.
Artists of Flanders and Holland played an outstanding role in development of the European painting of the XVII century. The culture and art of these two states formed at the end of the XVI century during the Netherlands bourgeois revolution and the subsequent division of the Netherlands endured the period of the highest blossoming.
In an exposition the policy art of other outstanding master of Renaissance Loukas Kranakh Starshego is characterized (1472-15 At an exhibition there are his pictures "Venus and Amur "," the Madonna with the baby under an apple-tree "and" the knight's portrait with two sons", and also graphic works.
First of all, it is richness of collections of the Hermitage. In the Hermitage works of various origin are concentrated. This one in the museum brings new measurements, the requirement to think of categories of world art is born.
In a picture two light spots - a face and hands. But with what surprising depth, force, unprecedented to Rembrandt, and expressiveness these faces and hands written in the courageous generalized dabs draw to us a difficult, many-sided image in which the whole human life is reflected.
The Hermitage is the amazing world full of miracles. Collections of the museum always attracted, and continue to attract thousands of people, different age and professions, the different countries and the people, different generations and different outlook. And everyone can find there that is necessary for his soul. Really rare unity: collections of so high level, beauty of an architectural frame, relevancy of historical associations – all this attracts to itself people, making bright, unique feature of today's Hermitage.