SAINT-PETERSBURG ART TREASURES: THE ROMANOV DYNASTY AS COLLECTORS OF NETHERLANDISH ART

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LAST YEAR IMPRESSIONS

SAINT-PETERSBURG ART TREASURES: THE ROMANOV DYNASTY AS COLLECTORS OF APPLIED ART
SUMMER SCHOOL 1999

THE FRAGMENTS FROM THE PARTICIPANTS' EVALUATIONS

Dr. KATHLEEN CHARLA
Specialist in design for advertisement, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Hermitage printroomFirst, I would like to say I personally considered it a special privilege to spend two weeks studying at the Hermitage. To be able to see and touch some of the Treasures not accessible to the general public was a unique experience. I liked the way the program was organized with lectures and workshops.Both were valuable. Aleksei Leporc proved himself to be an excellent lecturer with great knowledge, energy and enthusiasm. There was never a moment not filled with genuine passion. The organization, in terms of the logistics of lectures, bus, on-time scheduling was also excellent. <>
In conclusion I would like to say the course fulfilled and executed my expectations. The high level of scholarship was deeply appreciated.
KARIN FEDIW
Senior Production Editor, Toronto, Canada
I found the course very interesting and informative. TheWorkshop "Hermitage collection of silverware" (Dr. Marina Lopato) information was detailed, but not too much - classes/lectures were just long enough but not overly so! The structure of the "Days-IN" was perfect: a lecture to start with workshops was ideal, please keep this! <> Everyone was very friendly and willing to help. No suggestions or concerns went unnoticed.
All the curators who were kind enough to open their workrooms to us were informally friendly, generous and knowledgeable.<>
RICK THOMPSON
Art Appraiser, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Pavlovsk Palace Tour<>The entire program has been more than I could have hoped for. The level of expertise and enthusiasm was great! <>
In regard to the organization of the program, I now know enough about Russia - to understand and appreciate the logistical problems that the University faced, and can not imagine how you could have done anything any better. Thanks to all of you - for one of the greatest experiences of my life! This has been a very special treat, I will never forget it or any of you!
You are all now my Russian "family".
LAURENSE BOND
Attorney and vice president, Trask, Britt & Ros,Utah, USA
The school met all of my expectations. The lectures were all wellCurator's practical joke "Is it a forgery?" prepared and were delivered in a manner which permitted a good understanding of the subject matter. It made the program both informative as well as enjoyable.
The "Days-Out" were well organized and added greatly to bettering an understanding of the subject matter which was presented in the lectures.
The workshops were very helpful as well. It was <> interesting to see the various objects at close range and get the personal insights of the various curators. <>
This was my first visit to St.Petersburg and I must say that my visit has been very rewarding. <>
MARJOREE MAXWELL
Bachelor of Arts (Retired), Milwaukee, WI, USA
(ATTN MS. MARJORIE MAXWELL)
I am totally enthusiastic about this program.
West European Drawings: workshop I was quite satisfied with my accommodation at the hotel "Neva" and delighted with the reasonable price. The meals were excellent, and I appreciated the thoughtfulness of providing me with vegetarian meals, even though I had not requested them.
You might suggest to future participants that they arrange to stay on after the program for a few days. There is so much to see and enjoy in St.Petersburg.
I consider this experience as a resounding success.
(I would be happy to talk to anyone who has questions about coming to the course).
PATRICK SHELLEY
Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational Church
<>The schedule was ambitious and required strength to contend with it. It was a good thing to leave the evenings free.
I have enjoyed the school and grateful of having been here.
AMY BALLARD
Historic Preservation Specialist, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA
Hermitage Numismatic Gold ChamberI think this program has a lot of potential and I look forward to helping in any way. It was a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of a major museum. Thank you very much for a great two weeks in a beautiful city.
RONALD MOE
Analyst, Government Division Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
Washington, DC, USA 
A moment of relaxatin...This program met my expectations. <> On balance, this was both an educational and pleasurable experience and I feel I have a good grasp of the Hermitage collection and the Romanovs as collectors.
JEFFERY ELEY
Professor of architecture, Georgia, USA
The program was exceptional. I will be forever grateful to theTour to Pavlovsk generosity of those associated with organizing the program and the scholarship of teachers. St. Petersburg is an extraordinary city of fantastic architecture and the Hermitage has an unsurpassed collection of art. However, they came to life through the thorough and often humorous lectures of Alexej Leporc, Roman Grigoryev and the curators of the museum. <>
It was a privilege to participate and I wholeheartedly recommend this program. <>

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