La Beauté II

Made For: Hermitage Pavilion - Catherine Palace
Size: 165 x 60 x 30 cm
PetG Painted
Photo: Cláudio Carvalho
Saint Petersburg, 2018


The Hermitage pavilion in the Regular Park (the Catherine Park) at Tsarskoye Selo was originally designed by Mikhail Zemtsov. The laying of the foundations began in the spring of 1744 and was completed by autumn that same year. In 1749, however, the facades of the pavilion that was by that time built were reconstructed in accordance with a new project devised by Rastrelli. The unique signature of Empress Elizabeth’s chief architect is present in the exceptionally complex aspects that the building presents to the viewer when seen from close by.