‛The Birth of the Hermitage‛

Regulations of the computer graphics and animation competition:

‛The Birth of the Hermitage‛


The contest ‛The Birth of the Hermitage‛ is being held in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum in 2014, and is dedicated to the exhibition ‛The Hermitage of Her Imperial Majesty‛, which is taking place in the halls of the museum.

The aim: to develop the creative abilities of children, to increase involvement and cooperation between museums with regards to education and youth volunteer programs.

The objectives of the contest:

  • To identify and support children with artistic talents
  • To acquaint children with history and art
  • To give them the ability to use sources of information in their work
  • To draw the attention of children and young people to the history and traditions of the Hermitage
  • To involve children and young people in the 250th anniversary celebration of the State Hermitage

Conditions of the contest: Competition dates

Work can take the following forms:

  • Digital painting and graphics
  • Multimedia presentation(PowerPoint etc.)
  • Flash and Gif animation
  • Video


  • Graphics are accepted in the following formats: jpg, gif, bmp. File size should not exceed 1MB.
  • Multimedia presentations should contain no more than 10 slides.
  • The duration of the animation or video must not exceed 1 minute.

It is necessary to provide the source code (file *psd, fla, ppt, pptx, pdn, etc) Each work should be available in electronic form in a separate folder (rar or zip). Folder name ��‛ Your first name and surname. In the folder with your work should be a text file анотация.txt, which specifies your school, class, your email address, phone number, name and surname of the teacher, and the group number in UCVT. In the file name of the submission you should specify the surname, name and age of the author, the number of the study group and the title of the work. For example, Ivan Kotov – 13 ��‛ KO115 – Hermitage.bmp. At the bottom of the piece of work you should write the name and surname of its creator.

The deadline for submission: 15th May 2015

Submit work by email: pobeda@znaem.org hermitage.competition@gmail.com; or also at the academic grounds of the Academy (тел. 612-11-22) or at the Hermitage volunteer office (тел. (812) 710-98-76)

The results of the competition:

The jury will announce the winners of the competition by the 20th March 2015

The best work will be put on display at the State hermitage along with that of the prize winners.

Competition themes:

1. The history of the building and architecture of the Hermitage. The lost apartments of the Winter Palace.

Participants are encouraged to create a composition depicting the interior or to talk about the stages of construction and development of the architectural ensemble of the Museum complex, or to trace the stages in which the Palace interiors were formed. It is possible to depict the history of the development of the Hermitage, to animate the life of the first Museum pavilion “Hermitage” with a lifting table, or to compare it with other Hermitages either in Russia or abroad.

2. The Age of Enlightenment: The great educators ��‛ the advisors of Catherine II.

In Russia the age of Enlightenment is mainly took place during the second half of the XVIII century. During this time Moscow University, the public library, the Academy of Arts; the Russian Theatre for Comedy and Tragedy, the Hermitage Theatre, the Bolshoi (Stone) Theatre and new publishers all came into existence. The greatest contribution to the Russian Enlightenment came from Catherine the Great who played a key role in supporting the arts, sciences and education. Catherine considered herself a “philosopher on the throne” and was sympathetic to the ideas of the Enlightenment, she was in correspondence with Voltaire, Diderot, Grimm, Tranchant. The empress consulted Falcone, Golitsyn, Shuvalov, Musin-Pushkin and others about art and acquisitions for the Hermitage. Participants are invited to create works about famous educators and advisors of Catherine II, who influenced the creation of the Hermitage collection, and to reconstruct this historical period and its style, architecture, interior design and clothing.

3. Social Life: balls, receptions, ceremonies.

During her reign, Catherine the Great established her own traditions in the Winter Palace. On Sundays there were balls, Monday was given over to French Comedy, Tuesday was a day of rest on Wednesday Russian Comedy took place, and on Thursday there was tragedy or French Opera, followed by a visit to a masquerade. On Friday masquerades were given at court, whilst on Saturday they rested again. Participants are invited to imagine the life of the court during the eighteenth century, ceremonial and Palace etiquette, and to recount the history and atmosphere of the Hermitage collections, such as a particular form of social behaviour, focused on the necessary pursuit of literature, art or amateur theatre. The rules of conduct, compiled by Catherine, will shed light on the nature of the time of the first visitors to the Hermitage.

  1. Leave all markers of rank outdoors, even hats and especially swords.
    2. Leave localism and arrogance at the door
    3. Be happy, do not spoil, break or get at anything
    4. Sit, stand, or walk as you please, no matter who you are.
    5. To speak moderately and not very loudly, so you do not give anyone else earache
    6. Argue without heart and without fervour
    7. Do not sigh or yawn, there is no boredom or hardship
    8. Nothing shall interfere with any sort of innocent occupation
    9. Eat things that are sweet and tasty, and drink with moderation, so that everyone can always find their feet in order to make it home
    10. Mess will not be tolerated
    If someone goes against these prescribed rules, with the testimony of two witnesses for each transgression, then the transgressor shall drink a glass of cold water, not excluding the ladies, and read from the ‛Telemachia‛

2. The Mistress of the Hermitage

Catherine II wanted to remain the grand empress, after Peter I, in the memory of her subjects and the whole world. The ambition of Catherine II is expressed in the inscription on the pedestal of the bronze Horseman”: “Petro Primo Catharina Secunda”. She always kept a snuff-box with a picture of the bronze horseman on her desktop. It is well known that Peter began gathering objects from around Russia; his idea was to create museums, and he had taken the first steps for the implementation of this idea. In addition, Catherine saw examples of the art collecting of Friedrich II and Augustus of Saxony before her very eyes. Talk about Catherine II as the inspirer and organizer of the Hermitage, conveying the experiences, philosophy, thoughts and aspirations of the Russian Empress.

Traveling exhibits

The Hermitage emerged as the private collection of Catherine II in 1764, after the acquisition of the collection of paintings by Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. It included paintings by such masters as Dirk van Baburen, Hendrik van Ball, Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens, Anthony van Dyck, Hendrik Goltzius, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Gerrit van Honthorst and other works, mainly by Dutch and Flemish masters. 317 paintings, arrived in Russia in 1764, at least 96 of these paintings remain in the Hermitage today.

In 1769 in Dresden the rich collection of the Saxon Minister, count Bruhl, was acquired for the Hermitage, consisting of about 600 paintings, including the landscape by Titian, “the Flight into Egypt”, and views of Dresden by Pirna and Bellotto etc.

The Hermitage played a critical role in Catherine’s purchase of Baron Crozat’s collection of paintings in Paris in 1772. This collection largely determined the appearance of the picture gallery. Paintings by Italian, French, Flemish and Dutch masters of the XVI-XVIII centuries dominated.

Among them were “The Holy Family” by Raphael, “Judith” by Giorgione, ‛Danae‛ by Titian, Rembrandt’s paintings, and works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin, landscapes by Claude Lorrain and the work of Watteau. The collection of paintings of the British Prime Minister, Walpole purchased in 1779, has added a number of masterpieces by Rembrandt (among them “the Sacrifice of Abraham” and “the malice of Haman”) and a group of portraits by Van Dyck.

The impetus for the development of the drawing collection was the acquisition of more than 5 thousand drawings from the collection of Cobenzl in Brussels in 1768, which included “Portrait of an Unknown” by Jean Fouquet.

Another significant acquisition was the collection of the English banker Lyde-Brown, including antique statues and busts, including Michelangelo’s Crouching boy.

Another collection could have decorated the halls of the Hermitage, had the ship ‛Frau Maria‛ not been wrecked when it was brought from the Netherlands to St. Petersburg in 1771. The ship sank at a depth of 41 meters near the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea. And to this day we still hope to raise about three hundred paintings by Dutch masters from the sea.

Participants are invited to tell about the history of the acquisition of collections and traveling exhibits, which are full of adventure and drama.

Competition Organisers:

State Hermitage Volunteer Service(www.benevole.ru)

Autonomous non-profit educational organization “The Academy of additional professional education” (www.znaem.org)

The Scientific-methodical Department of the State Hermitage ‛School Centre‛