VENUS GALLERY PROJECT BY YURI KOLOGRIVOV: THE LIST IN ITALIAN

  • Sofia Egorova
Keywords: Yuri Kologrivov, Peter the Great´ s Classical art collection, Kadriorg Palace, Strelna Palace

Abstract

This article supplements what is known about the project to create
an exhibition space for the Classical art collection at one of Peter the
Great’s suburban palaces (either in Kadriorg or Strelna). The project
was proposed by Yuri Kologrivov (1680/1685–1754), whose main task
was to source pieces of both modern and ancient art in Rome. A letter
detailing the plans has survived and consists of the followings items:
1) a textual description (which has been published several times); 2) a
drawing of the interior; 3) a scheme with statues numbered and listed on
the same sheet; and 4) an additional page in Italian, which has not been
published until now. This sheet contains a list of the purchased statues
in Italian. It was probably meant for Nicola Michetti, the architect in
charge of the palace construction. The Italian text contains Gruppi
which allows us to correct point 6 of the list in Russian, where in
place of Труп Венусовых забав (incomprehensible The Corpse of Venus’
Amusements) one should read Груп Венусовых забав (The Group of Venus’
Amusements, probably Venus and Cupid playing with a dove). Some
other new details are discovered: the statues were divided into two
kinds (‘statue isolate’ and ‘statue non isolate’, i.e. for display in niches);
and six statues left without specification in point 9 of the list in Russian
must have represented male characters (Sign<ori>).

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Author Biography

Sofia Egorova

Sofia Egorova, PhD (Classical philology) is an associated Professor
at St Petersburg State University and an editor of Hyperboreus: Studia
Classica. Her main area of study is Roman literature, especially Roman
poetry of the 1st century BC. Her articles deal mostly with Horace’s
lyric (manuscript tradition and interpretation, including questions of
the art works mentioned by Horace). Sofia’s recent interests include the
reception of Antiquity in Russia, specifically the influence of material
works of art (mainly revealed by excavation) on the conception of
the Classical world in the education system and everyday culture.

Published
2022-01-31