At the time of the exhibition “Catherine the Great. The Golden Age of the Russian Empire ”in the halls of the renewed permanent Catherine’s exposition in the Grand Palace will be placed works of art from other Russian collections. Painting and sculpture provided by the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Historical Museum and the Rybinsk Museum-Reserve will complement the story about the different sides of the reign of Catherine II.
According to contemporaries, Catherine II was not endowed with special beauty, but was distinguished by her enormous charm. An important place at the exhibition is given to the iconography of the empress. In the vast heritage, the rarest images are selected. One of the masterpieces is the coronation portrait of Catherine II in all regalia of the tsarist government (State Tretyakov Gallery), painted in 1763 by Fedor Rokotov.