20 April to 18 August
 
Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) On a Sailing Ship, 1818-1819. Detail
Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) On a Sailing Ship, 1818-1819. Detail


The State Hermitage Museum’s holdings of 19th century German art are unequalled outside Germany, mainly as a result of the the enthusiasm of Tsar Nicholas 1 and his German-born wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, who was the sister of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. Nicholas and Alexandra purchased and commissioned works by contemporary German artists.

The work of Caspar David Friedrich is represented in British public collections by a single oil painting, Winter Landscape, 1811, in the National Gallery and a handful of works on paper. This exhibition will therefore not only present to a British audience a unique showing of masterpieces but also explore the taste of Tsar Nicholas I and his immediate family for German Art.