The Hermitage News

Hermitage Days 2020. 1–9 December

Published on 1 of December 2020

Every year on 7 December, the State Hermitage celebrates the Orthodox feast day of Saint Catherine, in honour of whom the museum’s founder, Empress Catherine the Great, took her name at the time of her Orthodox baptism. The year of the Hermitage’s foundation is considered to be 1764, when Catherine II acquired a collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky.