Russian art museum celebrates milestone

Founded by Catherine the Great, Hermitage celebrates its 250th anniversary with special exhibition on digital art.

    The Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 in Russia, is celebrating its 250th anniversary with the opening of a new gallery displaying digital art.

    The imperial residence of the czars, also known as the Winter Palace, was stormed by the Bolsheviks in 1917 at the start of the revolution.

    Now, it is the stately repository of Russia's rich cultural heritage, housing more than three million pieces of art collected from around the globe. But it has also become a target of sophisticated art thieves.

    Al Jazeera's Peter Sharp reports from St. Petersburg.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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