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Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli (architect) and Johann Franz Duncker (sculptor). Central section of the east facade of the Catherine Palace, with decorative marble sculpture (17th-18th century). 1752-1756.

Russian Rococo palace.

The Catherine Palace. Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, Russia.

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Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli (designer). The Picture Hall of the Catherine Palace; with carved doors flanked by gilded caryatids, and in the centre of the dessus-de-portes, a depiction of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and patroness of trades and science, reclining on a mirror brought by Cupid; and a ceiling painting of Mount Olympus, a post-war copy of the work above the Jordan Staircase in the Winter Palace that was painted by Gaspare Diziani. 1752-1756. Picture collection consists of 112 paintings.

Paintings include: Pierre Denis Martin. The Battle of Poltava and The Battle of Lesnaya. 1717; Jean-Marc Nattier. An Allegory of Sculpture and An Allegory of Music. ca 1715; Simon de Vos. The Magnanimity of Scipio Africanus. ca. 1641; Jan van Huysum. Flowers in a Vase. 17th century; Jacques Blanchard. Jupiter and Danaë. ca. 1829; as well as: architectural compositions by Emanual de Witte, genre paintings by Adrian van Ostade and David Teniers, landscapes by Jan Both, still lifes by David de Gem and Jan Feyt, battle scenes by Jacques Curtois (Burginogne), mythological and biblical scenes by Jacques Blanchard, Luke Gorgiano and others.

Paintings: oil on canvas. Door carvings: gilt-wood. 

The Catherine Palace. Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, Russia.


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Bartolomeo Fracesco Rastrelli (designer). The Great Hall of the Catherine Palace. ca. 1752-1756.

The ceiling painting (composed of three paintings): Giuseppe Valeriani. The Triumph of Russia. 18th century; the parquet floor with star-shaped diverging rays, made after a sketch by Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli using light and tinted oak, maple and walnut; gilded wood carving, depicting putti, “seated ladies”, interlacing ornaments, cartouches, and rocailles, 

The Catherine Palace. Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, Russia.

This is Portrait of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli  by Pietro Antonio Rotari (1707- 1762).

Rastrelli was aт architect of Italian origin who spent most time working in Russia and who developed an easily recognizable style of Late Baroque, both sumptuous and majestic. Among his major works are the Winter Palace (occupied by the Hermitage museum) in Saint Petersburg and the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo.

Portrait of the architect was painted by the artist who also originated from Italy. Rotari was invited to Russia by empress Elisabeth and was appointed a court painter. He had a great success as a portraitist.

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Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli (Russian: Франче́ско Бартоломе́о (Варфоломе́й Варфоломе́евич) Растре́лли; 1700 in Paris, France – 29 April 1771 in Saint Petersburg, Russia) was an Italian architect born in France working in Imperial Russia. He developed an easily recognizable style of Late Baroque, both sumptuous and majestic. His major works, including the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg and the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, are famed for extravagant luxury and opulence of decoration.

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