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Vue du Palais d'Eté de Sa Majesté Imperiale du coté du Nord

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Vue du Palais d'Eté de Sa Majesté Imperiale du coté du Nord

Made by: Grekov, Aleksei __Engraver ||Makhaev, Mikhail __Original Drawing ||Valeriani, Giuseppe __Original Drawing

Currently in storage


About this object

This image is dominated by Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli's Summer Palace for Empress Elizaveta Petrovna, the building of which marked the emergence of a new style in St. Petersburg’s architecture. The exterior was light pink trimmed with white and the roofline was dotted with statuary. The extravagant exterior was matched by the formal gardens boasting shrubbery clipped in ornamental patterns, fountains, and gilded statuary. As the print also shows, the building was situated on land where two rivers—the Fontanka and the Moika—meet and where ground had to be shored up with granite embankments. These efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. A great flood in 1777 destroyed the garden and damaged the Palace, which was ultimately razed in 1797 to make room for Paul I’s St. Michael’s Castle (now known as the Engineer’s Castle).

Category:
PRINTS
Object name:
Vue du Palais d'Eté de Sa Majesté Imperiale du coté du Nord
Made from:
Paper
Made in:
RUSSIA: St. Petersburg
Date made:
After 1753

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
55.85
Credit line:
Museum Purchase, 2000
Featured in publication:
"The Northern Palmyra: St. Petersburg at 300","Hillwood: Thirty Years of Collecting, 1977-2007"