So we only had a couple of hours to tour the Hermitage.
You should devote at least a week.
It's the oldest and one of the largest museums in the world, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764.
When -- and if -- you finish with the Winter Palace, you have to tour the collections of Menshikov Palace. And the Old Hermitage, the New Hermitage, the General Staff Building, and the Hermitage Theater.
Here are just a few of the pieces of interest for connoisseurs of beefcake:
2. The Farnese Hercules, left. An 18th century copy of the ancient original, one of the more muscular Hercules around.
3. Crouching Boy (c. 1530), by Michelangelo. A very muscular boy, originally designed for the Medici Chapel in Florence. No one knows what he's doing; it looks like he's tying his shoe.
4. St. Sebastian (1570-72), by Titian. The martyred saint is always a good subject for homoerotic art.
5. Daedalus and Icarus (1645), by Charles Lebrun (left). The master inventor is attaching wings to his nude, muscular son so he can take a fatal flight into space.
6. Mercurius (1662), the Greek god Mercury, by Flemish sculptor Artus Quellinus.
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9. Nude Boy (1906), by Picasso, when he was still drawing realistic portraits.
If you don't have time to go to St. Petersburg, you can take a virtual tour and browse through the galleries at your leisure.
And don't forget Peterhof Palace.
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