Mayr, Johann Georg (1760-1816). Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 1796. The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian monarchs. Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great's original Winter Palace, the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837, when it was severely damaged by fire and immediately rebuilt. Provenance: State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.