Requested by Nicolas I, the New Hermitage is the last building that was added to the Hermitage Museum.
After the Emperor travelled in Munich, he asked Bavarian architect Leo Von Klenze to design this new building. The work started in 1842 under the supervision of Vasily Stassov. After he died in 1848, it was Nikolai Efimov that completed it.
It encircled the “Raphael Loggia”. Built by Giacomo Quarenghi, this gallery is inspired by the one you can find in the Vatican Palace in Rome. It copies the works of painter Raphael and his disciples.
The New Hermitage, completed in 1852 has a Neo-Greek style. It opens on a portico with ten giant granite Atlantes. These were made by Alexander Terebeniov, who copied those of Zeus temple in Agrigente (Italy).