On February 10 the State Russian Museum, a treasury of St. Petersburg with a unique collection of arts, hospitably opened its doors for the participants of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2020. Quite a few tennis players signed up for excursion, including the Russian Daria Kasatkina, the Croat Donna Vekic, last year’s runner up, the fourth seeds Sharon Fichman (Canada) and Hayley Carter (USA), one more player from the doubles tournament – the American Kaitlyn Christian and the winner of the quallies Kristie Ahn from the US.
The excursion at the Mikhailovskiy Palace (aka the Russian museum) started from the halls with ancient Russian art which featured the masterpieces of Russia’s famous icon painter Andrey Rublev. The guide drew the attention of the tennis players to the unique technique and choice of colors and explained the meaning of some details of the paintings. The players were contemplating the icons, paintings and sculptures with a curiosity. They took a keen interest in the pieces made by Ust-Ruditskaya factory named after M. Lomonosov, the work of Russian masters is filigree. “The scale of the museum is really impressive”, – said Kristie Ahn moving into the next hall. In the meantime Donna Vekic, as a true actor, mimicked the expression on the face of one of the statues.
The tennis players were agape at the paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky, renowned master of waterscapes. One member of the group asked the guide: “How long did it take him to paint it?”. “This one named “The wave”, was made in 7 weeks” and that one “9 shaft” – for 9 hours only”, – was the answer. Everyone was amazed at such working capacity and efficiency. Daria Kasatkina quipped: “Just think about it: you get up at 9 am on your day off and by the end of the day such a huge painting is done!”.
The final accord of the tour was the introduction to the painting executed by Ilya Repin which takes up the whole wall of one of the museum halls. Its name is “Ceremonial Meeting of the State Council on May 7, 1901 on the occasion of its centenary”, the guide went into the details of this artwork and explained its meaning and the main idea of the artist.
Who knows, maybe the centenary of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy will also inspire some artist to paint something monumental like this? We will know the answer only by the year 2116…
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The tournament WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2020 takes place at “SIBUR ARENA” from 10 to 16 February. The tournament is supported by the title sponsor “Gazprom export”.