The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
Located between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, the Winter Palace (Russian: Зимний Дворец), seen here from across the Neva River, was built between 1754 and 1762 as the winter residence of the Russian tsars. It was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli in Baroque style.The State Hermitage Museum is one of the largest, oldest, most important and famous art galleries and museums of human history and culture in the world. The vast Hermitage collections are displayed in six buildings, the main one being the Winter Palace. Strong points of the Hermitage collection of Western art include Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Watteau, Tiepolo, Canaletto, Canova, Rodin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, and Matisse.