The Hermitage collection of prints, drawings and miniatures
consists of works by artists from almost all European
countries, from the Middle Ages to the present. The pride of
the collection are works by old masters such as Titian, Paolo
Veronese, Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Albrecht Durer,
as well as more modern masterpieces from the hands of
Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso and others.
Works are grouped in the Drawings and Miniatures Sector
and the Prints Sector. Since 1948 they have been part of the
Department of Western European Art. Works of this kind
are too delicate to be exhibited permanently, and are mainly
kept in the repository. As a consequence they tend to be
less well-known than paintings by the same artists.
Temporary exhibitions in the rooms of the Hermitage or in
other museums enable the public to enjoy prints and
drawings from the Hermitage collection.