We don’t normally feature hand drawn sketches or water painting illustrations of interiors here. Then, again, water paintings are not normally *this* good. These photorealistic visuals of the opulent interiors of Winter Palace in St. Petersburg were captured in watercolour by artist Konstantin Ukhtomsky in the 18th century, leaving an invaluable lesson on how too much is never enough when decorating a palace.
The Grand Duke Nikolai’s Study.
A serious room using sombre tones-very masculine.
The Coin Storage Hall
Sure beats a money box.
In an era when artisans were highly valued, nothing was left undecorated. From ceiling to floor no detail was overlooked and nothing was ever too much, but somehow it works and the sheer opulence and pageantry of it all can still take your breath away.