14 October 2016 saw the reopening of the Fore-Hall of the Winter Palace after repair and restoration work.
Over the course of a year from October 2015, the restoration company AO Renessans-Restavratsiya carried out repairs to the utilities and a range of restoration work. The lost leaves of the door onto the Jordan Staircase were recreated, together with the false doors and false window insets with mirror glazing in wall niches on two levels. The central ceiling painting (an oil-on-canvas depiction of The Sacrifice of Iphigenia), the painting on the coving, the lunettes and small vaults above the upper “windows” and the frieze around the ceiling were all restored, as were the ceiling’s decorative wood and metal frames and outer part with its ornamental painting and gilding. Work was also carried out on the plastered surfaces of the walls and ceiling, the finish of the walls, window and door openings, the parquet floor and the artificial marble archivolts. The moulded decoration was restored and painted.
The process of restoration was carried out under the supervision of members of the Hermitage staff, including Valery Lukin, the Chief Architect, and Liudmila Akmen, sector head in the Department of the History and Restoration of Architectural Monuments.