Ilya Repin's Memorial Home "Penates"
Ilya Repin is a famous Russian realist painter
The estate of the great Russian artist Ilya Repin "Penates" is located on the Gulf of Finland, about 45 kilometers from St. Petersburg on seaside road.
Repin was 55 years old when he married a second time and purchased in the name of the second wife (Natalia Nordman) land in the village of Kuokkala in Finland, where he built a house and spent the last thirty years of his life. (The village Kuokkala after the October revolution was abroad, as part of an independent Finland). By that time Repin was already a renowned artist and rector of the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. It was convenient to get to the Academy from Kuokkala, at the same time the place is quite secluded and picturesque suited to the artist's life perfectly.
The name "Penates" meant gods, guardians, and patrons of the hearth. In ancient Rome, each family usually had two Penates, images of which were made of wood, clay or stone, were stored in a locked Cabinet near the hearth, where they gathered all the family members. Everything had its own names - gazebos, paths, ponds. For example - at the end of the alley Pushkin's glade "Homer" pavilion "Temple of Osiris and of Isis". There were two pavilions "Booth Italy" and "Rembrandt" near the hill. Even the tracks and parts of the park had its names in honor of friends or relatives, and the mood of the names changed. Artesian well Poseidon gave clean water with such a large expense that was enough even for the flowage of ponds and ditches. The water was clean, drinkable with a slight taste of iron. Repin thought the water healing and drank until his death. There were planted lilies in a big pond at the well. Here was launched on a small boat, ibid arranged fireworks on holidays. In winter on the ice of the pond was arranged carousel, and Chaliapin even skated.
The main house and all other buildings in the estate were built by the artist's sketches. The house was single storey at the beginning. Then it acquired additional floors and extensions - porches, balconies. Second floor with glass tents, weathervanes, carvings, made the drawings of the owner, gave a lot of light and air for work and the artist's life.
During the World War II, the house was burned down. After it 10 rooms were restored, including a winter veranda. Octagonal topped with a transparent hipped slab porch almost two-thirds of the glass is the brightest room of the house, facing the park. Here hosted guests, drank tea and organized house concerts. In 1905 it was converted into a workshop and is named veranda busts along the walls were sculptured works of Repin.
Amazing place - a workshop and an enclosed balcony next to it, overlooking the park and bay shore. Here, on the couch Repin slept in the summer. In winter — in a special sleeping bag up to -20 degrees; when it was lower, the artist went down to his house.
Museum-estate of Repin is included in the List of UNESCO world heritage
There is an excursion in English, about 30-40 minutes.
August, 5 - birthday of Ilya Repin
September, 29 - the Day of memory of Ilya Repin
As for the Museum in the building. ATTENTION! Tours are held to an audio recording and at the end of a short video. For all time lasts approx. a 40 min. it is Unclear why such a decision. It is clear that the tour guides are bored to repeat the same thing every 40 mins every day but still so much better when you hear live speech. Although the content was all interesting, present yourself guides showing pointers during audio recording needs interior accents, paintings and other things. And were ready to professionally answer any questions. Some rudeness as stated in some reviews is not met. Maybe just lucky :) the Only thing forbidden to take pictures inside, you should have worn your sneakers and put in closet large bag (backpack for example). But overall still acceptable. To "4".
A lot of curious about Ilya Efimovich.
In the winter it's amazing to see the mountains of ice of the waters of the Baltic to reach right on the beach.
The day was Sunny, the mood is soulful. Arrived. But the Museum was close.
On the threshold of the manor, we were rudely chastised the woman ( whether the janitor, or "hostess", if to judge by the tone) that we began to climb the stairs in the house and she was sweeping the veranda... the Mood was spoiled boorish tone. to go to the Museum no longer wanted. With difficulty I calmed myself only because of the picturesque Park of the estate and the warm weather...
I would not like to and other visitors was met at the threshold of the Museum.
the pensioner who has not visited the Museum, and Maralova E. G. Limarova
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