The first picture of the opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky based on the story of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin’s story “The Queen of Spades” takes place in the alleys of the Summer Garden on a sunny day.

And today we present to your attention a sketch of theatrical scenery for Tchaikovsky’s opera “The Queen of Spades” by Alexander Nikolaevich Benois. The sketch is called “The Statue in the Summer Garden”. The watercolor depicts the sculpture “Vertumnus” by the Italian sculptor Francesco Cabianchi.

Enjoy your walks through the gardens of the Russian Museum, which are awaiting winter. Just dress warmly and take hot tea or coffee with you. Or you can make a hot drink in a thermos, consisting of ginger root, a sprig of mint and lemon.

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