The Hermitage Museum and Raphael Loggias – an autumn story.
The Hermitage museum.
When I was visiting the Hermitage museum last summer and were walking through Raphael Loggias, I was thinking that it is a perfect autumn story. Beautiful shades of beige, ochre, and golden colors as well as incredibly sophisticated and palatable still lives.
The Empress Catherine II commissioned the frescoes of the open loggias in the late 1780s. She dreamed of a copy of the Gallery in the Papal Palace in the Vatican City and eventually specially for her the copies were made in Italy, by using canvas and an egg tempеra. When the Italian artists finished the copies they shipped them to Russia. And in 1792 the copias were placed on the walls at the Hermitage.
From the Raphael Loggias to the autumn deserts.
For me the Raphael Loggias is one of the most spectacular treasures of the Hermitage.
As well as my source of inspiration for autumn deserts.
Place autumn fruit that has been cut in half in a baking tray. Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar. Add orange zest, vanilla, cinnamon or any other favorite spices. Bake at 180 C for between 20 to 30 minutes – fruit should be highly browned. Serve with yogurt, oatmeal or on its own. There are more of my favorite deserts which I like to cook in autumn. For instance, an apple tart.
It can be difficult to get into the Hermitage museum due to its popularity. Therefore, it is a good idea to plan your visit in advance.