The Hermitage collection of drawings and
watercolours is the largest not only in Russia but in
the whole of Europe. It includes works of various
European schools, created using a wide variety of
techniques: pencil, pen and ink, gouache, silverpoint,
bistre, pastel, sepia, sanguine and watercolour.
The collection of the 15th and 16th centuries
includes rare and unique works such as Group
Portrait: Members of the Este Family, attributed to an
artist of the Ferrara School, Ercole de' Roberti, and
Head of an Elderly Man by the Florentine Piero di
The majority of the drawings date from the mid-16th
to late 18th centuries. The works of the Italian,
Flemish and French schools are of equal artistic
quality. Although works of the German and Dutch
schools are less numerous, they are nonetheless of
The pride of the collection are rare drawings by
Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, studies by Paolo
Veronese, sketches by Nicolas Poussin and Antoine
Watteau, while works by Jacques Callot and
Jean-Baptiste Greuze represent an unrivalled
ensemble of French graphic art.
The group of 19th-century drawings is not large but
contains works by such celebrated artists as
Pierre-Paul Proudhon, Jean-Auguste-Dominique
Ingres, Gustave Dore and Edgar Degas.
The Portrait of Madame Jules Guillement by Edouard
Manet is regarded as an outstanding element of this
Amongst the 20th-century drawings are works by
many celebrated masters such as Henri Matisse,
Pablo Picasso and others.
If you enjoyed this collection, you might want to also visit the other collections at the State Hermitage Museum.
Italian Painting: 13th - 18th c