BRENNA, Vincenzo
(b. 1745, Firenze, d. 1820, Dresden)

Exterior view

Ostankino Palace, Moscow

The privileges that the Empress Catherine II granted the nobility allowed them increasingly to retreat from the city and devote themselves entirely to building palaces in the country. The Ostankino palace lies on the estate of the wealthy Sheremetyev family. Vincenzo Brenna was responsible for the design. The palace had a theatre integrated into the centre. Access to the main apartments and theatre, which was shaped like an amphitheatre, was gained via a six-columned portico and staircase.

The photo shows the main façade.