St. Petersburg Roerich (Rerikh) Museum is located on Vasilievsky Island in the city of Saint Peterburg. Nikolay Roerich was a Russian painter, writer, archaeologist, theosophist, enlightener, philosopher, and public figure.
The Museum’s stated mission:
- to identify, study and preserve the heritage of the Roerich family;
- to popularise and introduce the heritage of the Roerich family into the field of art and science,
- to create possibilities for the residents of St. Petersburg and North-West of Russia to familiarize themselves with the lives and art of the members of the Roerich family, their contemporaries and university associates, cultural context of their activity;
He [Roerich] has been aptly described as the direct continuator of the artist of the Stone Age, who with a sharpened flint traced the rude semblance of familiar things upon the walls of his cave-dwelling. He is, however, a great deal more than this. He is a magician who can evoke a sense of remote and pre-historic times. His landscapes are often cold, grey and inhospitable as the scenery of the Quaternary Epoch; desolate contours of iceworn hills ; shores but recently carved into cliffs, and indented by the action of polar seas.
The Russian Arts. Rosa Newmarch, 1917