The State Tretyakov Gallery

The connection between Russia and Fine Arts goes way back in history. Fine arts in Russia can be categorized into two distinct periods – pre and post reforms by Peter the Great.  So, it is not surprising that there are numerous fine art museums across Russia, out of which the State Tretyakov Gallery is ranked among the best. The foremost depository of Russian Fine Art, the State Tretyakov Gallery started in 1856. With around 2000 art works at the start of museum, today the gallery is home to more than 130 000 exhibits and it is one of the largest museums in the world. Collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery embrace artifacts from 10th to 12th century. From Russian paintings to avant-grade artifacts, this gallery includes works from all trends of Russian art. Not just an art gallery, the State Tretyakov Gallery is also considered as an artistic, scientific, educational and cultural center of Russia. The Tretyakov art gallery is a must visit for all tourists in Moscow, no whether they are fine art lovers or not.

The State Tretyakov Gallery – Incredible Collection Russian Art Pieces

The State Tretyakov Gallery – Incredible Collection Russian Art Pieces.

When the State Tretyakov Gallery was founded in 1856, it was dream come true for Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov. He conceived the dream of opening a public art museum that highlight the works of Russian artists. He was a textile mill owner and rich merchant in Russia and used to collect paintings of Russian artists in 1850s. In 1892, he presented his enormous collection of art to the public of Russia. As his collection of paintings grew, he moved the collection to a new estate.This mansion later turned into a world famous museum – the State Tretyakov Gallery. With his collection and knowledge of Russian modern art, Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov became a prominent figure in Russia.

From the Andrei Rublev’s Trinity and Theotokos of Vladimir to the Black Square by Kazimir Malevich, the State Tretyakov Gallery is home to few of the most famous fine art works in the world. It also contains the iconic Iron Felix statue from the collection of Socialist Realism. The State Tretyakov Gallery was merged with the gallery of contemporary art administratively. The art gallery can be located immediately to the south the Crimean Bridge in a large building along the Garden Ring. When you visit the area, do not forget to spot the 86 meter tall statue of Peter the Great that was made by Zurab Tsereteli. The Graveyard of Fallen Monuments, a sculpture garden in the complex, is also a must visit for tourists. This garden features relocated statues of Soviet Union.

Peter the Great Statue Moscow

Peter the Great Statue. Photo by A-PA.

The State Tretyakov Gallery is a spectacular museum and a must see destination for locals and tourists of Moscow. The Tretyakov gallery paintings come as a great surprise to visitors as Russian art was a closed book for foreigners until the 20th century.The gallery is vast and spread across 62 rooms. So, make sure you take sufficient time in hand for visiting this place. If you are fans of fine art or have interest in Russian art, you will surely enjoy each and every exhibit here.

The State Tretyakov Gallery is open for visitors on all days except Monday. The gallery timings are 10:00 to 20:00.  Entry to the gallery is ticket based, so you need to purchase tickets ahead. The nearest metro stations to visit the The State Tretyakov Galleryinclude Polyanka are Tretyakovskaya and Novokuznetskaya.

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