A major collection of artefacts from the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has arrived in Zagreb.
A seminal collection, titled “Catherine the Great - Empress of all Russias” will be on display at the Klovićevi Dvori museum in Zagreb from April 12th to July 29th.
On loan from the Hermitage museum, the priceless collection boasts more than one thousand items from the reign of Catherine the Great (1762-1796).
“Considering the fact that we are dealing with an exhibition of immense value, that is important to not only Russia but the entire world, some extraordinary precautions are in place. We employed armed police escorts in three separate convoys working on independent time schedules,” said the director of the Klovićevi Dvori museum, Antonio Picukarić.
The incredible story of Catherine the Great’s reign will be told through opulent pieces made of gold, silver, and precious stones, as well as fine textiles and momentous works of art.
The collection, which rarely leaves the confines of the Hermitage—let alone St. Petersburg—speaks of a half-century of good relations between St. Petersburg and Zagreb.