Though the building and decoration of the Palace was carried out by a succession of architects, its interiors and architecture show a great unity of style; the Palace's decor is completely integrated with its architecture. Its vast art collections won the Palace world renown.
Articles of ivory and amber
Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, by A. Bronzino, the largest representative of the mannerism, is undoubtedly the masterpiece of the collection. It was completed in 1540 at the court of Grand Duke of Tuscany Kazimo I. Back to the 16th century dates a number of pictures - The Holy Family by B. Skidonni, two pictures by A. Turchi Pan and Nymph Syrinx and Bachus an Ariadne, some pictures from the workshops of famous venecians - Veroneze, Tizian and others.
Among later paintings the most important are the pictures of the Bolonia academism direction, including such masters as G. Reni and F. Albani.
The Pavlovsk Palace owns two masterpieces of Spanish school. Both of them are ascribed to J. de Ribera, but are likely to belong to his school only. St Bartalomeo dates after 1633.
The collection of the 18th century includes such names as B. Bellotto, P. Gvardi, J.P. Panninni and the most famous among them - P. Batoni. His picture The Return of the Prodigal Son was commissioned by I.I. Shuvalov and then bought by Maria Feodorovna in 1804.
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