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    A treasure house of Russian art

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    Wonderful art

    Housed in a charming building, with the restored Church of St Nicholas within the grounds, the State Tretyakov Gallery is an absolute treasure house of Russian art. Covering the work of several centuries, from mediaeval icons that leave you awed with their serene beauty to work completed in the years immediately before the Revolution, the gallery has some truly magnificent works. The impact is increased by the vast majority of them being unknown outside Russia. Enormous set pieces picturing dramatic moments in Russia's history (the powerful painting of Ivan the Terrible and his murdered son is one to look for), to exquisitely painted scenes of Russian life ( a fantastic image of a country religious procession, and a jewel of a little picture of two peasant women could have seen me turn art thief), wonderful portraits of both famous and unknown Russians and a truly incomparable collection of icons lure you on through room after room
    You could return to this gallery again and again and find something new to delight or move you - there is far to much to absorb in a single visit.

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    Tretyakov Gallery

    by Kap2 Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    People in big groups... stroll in at your own pace

    The best Russian paintings were collected by Tretyakov, I saw some of these in London during Summer 2004, read about them here http://www.the-nr.irk.ru/reviews/landscape.htm

    These paintings should be seen in the flesh and should inspire you to see more of the Russian landscape... Levitan, Shiskin, Repin...

    Though the best introduction to the Russian landscape, or its idea, is Gogol's Dead Souls, read it for this alone.

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    The State Tretyakov Gallery

    by kris-t Updated Sep 28, 2011

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    The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world.

    It is located in one of the oldest directs of Moscow - Zamoskvorechye, not far from the Kremlin.

    The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. This is how it was conceived by its founder, the Moscow merchant and industrialist Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov (1832-1898) and how it has remained to this day.

    The date of its foundation is usually taken to be 1856 when the young Tretyakov first acquired works by Russian artists of his day with the aim of creating collection, which might later grow into museum of national art.

    Tues-Sun 10am-7:30pm

    Admission 250 rubles ($8), 150 rubles students and children over 7.
    Audioguide 250 rubles

    Credit Cards Not accepted, but there is an ATM

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    Biggest collection of russian pictures

    by pginer Written Sep 2, 2003

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    My guide said: in this gallery there may be more masterpieces per square meter than anywhere else" and it is true!
    You will find the biggest collection of Russian icons, some great pics from Ilya Repin (it is the most admired painter in Russia) and many others.
    This gallery is really a MUST!

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    The State Tretyakov Gallery

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 2, 2012

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    The State Tretyakov Gallery

    The State Tretyakov Gallery (Russian: Государственная Третьяковская Галерея, read: Gosudarstvennaya Tretyâkovskaya Galerey) is famous art gallery in Moscow. It is a best place to learn about and admire of Russian fine art.
    This is a fine reason why it is always good to have a tour guide. Thanks to our Russian host and friend of organization Jelena, my friends and I have a private tour trough gallery. I have very good time here (much better then in Hermitage in Saint Petersburg without guide)! I learn so much about Russian art and see priceless master peace.
    They allow as a discount like for local people, so we pay only 198 r.ruble and with ISIC is 350 r.ruble. Very good day!

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    Garden of Fallen Idols

    by liusia Updated Nov 8, 2003

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    Lenin and the Soviet Crest

    Outside the Tretyakov Gallery Expo building, there is a collection of old Soviet statues that have been removed either because they are no longer appropriate, or because they are damaged. There's a whole lot of Lenins, who are of course there because of damage (Lenin is still all over the place in Russia) but there's also quite a creepy Stalin, a few Felix Dzerzhinksys, and lots of bizarre Socialist Realism. The exhibit isn't just old statues, though - many of them have been re-interpreted by modern artists. For example, behind the big old Stalin, there is an artistic rendition of gulag prisoners.

    Entrance, at least when we were there, is free.

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    Russian fine art

    by Skripa Updated Jun 15, 2003

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    A State Tretyakov Gallery is one of the most famous galleries in the world. The Tretyakov collection was devoted nothing but the Russian National Art, those artists who were closely connected to it.
    The Tretyakov gallery was founded in 1856 by Tretyakov P.M. (1832-1898) when a young collector bought his first paintings. In 1892 Tretyakov handed his collection as a gift over to Moscow city. Collection consisted of 1287 paintings, 58 pictures and 9 sculptures. Tretyakov gallery has more than 100000 units of keeping now. Here you can find canvases of Aivazavskii I.K., Vasnetsov A.M., Vrubel E.E., Kramskoi I.N., Perov V.G., Repine I.E., Malevich K.S., Petrov-Vodkin K.S. and many others.
    You can walk all day long but you can’t see all the masterpieces situated in the gallery. It’s a wonderful world of Russian fine art.

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    Tretiakov for literary portraiture.

    by gussymons Written Jun 6, 2003

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    Cover of the guidebook - packed with pics and info

    I'm not into art galleries at all. But on my final day in Moscow I thought why not go and see some paintings since the collection is massive and has famous portraits of Tolstoi, Dostoevskii, Gogol et al.

    I splashed out on a cassette guide and that was a brilliant investment as it made the whole tour of the paintings come to life and put the paintings in context. I ended up staying for a whole afternoon and the gift shop has excellent prints for sale. For those who read the Penguin Russian Literature Classics, many of the covers come from paintings at the Tretiakov and it was cool to see them and find out more about the pictures.

    I can't recommend art galleries if you don't like them, but if you are unsure, go and get an audio guide. You look like a prat wearing it, but who cares?

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    For a comprehensive collection of Russian art

    by morgenhund Written Oct 5, 2005

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    The State Tretyakov Gallery is home to the world's largest collection of Russian icons and pre-revolution Russian art, with a particular area of focus being 19th century Russia art of the peredvizhniki - or "wanderers" who painted a lot about Russian folklore, and rural life. The connection with the peredvizhniki does not stop there - the Tretyakov brothers (Pavel and Sergey) were industrialists, with Pavel being a patron of the peredvizhniki. In 1892 the collection was handed over to the City of Moscow.

    There is controversy in that the collection of icons was mainly assembled by confiscations from churches during the Soviet era - and unsurprisingly the churches want their icons back.

    There is now so much to see - with an estimated 100,000 items in the collection - this is over fifty times larger than the collection handed over by the brothers - that you may struggle to see everything, unless you skim through certain rooms.

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    THE TRETYAKOV STATE GALLERY

    by lidia664 Written Jan 15, 2003

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    The Tretyakov Gallery is the biggest collection of Russian painting in Moscow. Pavel Tretyakov, a Moscow merchant, founded the gallery. At that time many people collected paintings simply to decorate their own houses, but Tretyakov dreamed of setting up a gallery for public.
    On 15 August 1893 Moscow city Gallery proudly opened its doors. Today a whole complex of buildings is one of the world’s largest museums. Now the Tretyakov Gallery holds more than 50,000 works of painting, graphic art and sculpture.

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    Tretiakov Gallery

    by seewee Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    I've been there twice, many ''oeuvres d'arts''. Vous serez s?duit par la beaut?e de ce mus?e.
    You must see the giant piece, in front of it.... a red 2 places bench. Take some minutes to sit there and enjoy what's in front you...fantastic....

    Like many ''tourist attractions'' in Russia, there is a price for tourists and a price for residents. If you have the chance to visit these places with Russian friends, they can try to buy tickets for you, but it's not working every time ;-)))

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    If you love Kandinsky and Chagall...

    by xxgirasolexx Written Jul 16, 2005

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    Outside the gallery

    For all you art lovers out there, this is the place to see it all! Russian sculpture and paintings! This was one of the best days of my life because I got to spend the whole day in Moscow with two of my best friends, Maksim and Oleg. They are the best tour guides ever.

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    Tretyakov Gallery New Annex

    by sennaya Updated Nov 30, 2007

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    Wonderful large hall across the river from the old gallery with modern art of the 20th century which encompasses all the soviet period.

    Great collection of Soviet realism on the 4th floor , Malevich's Black Square and Tatlin's Tower are all here!

    250 rubles

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    THE STATE TRETYAKOV GALLERY

    by tanianska Updated Jan 20, 2005

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    TRETYAKOV GALLERY

    Tretyakov Gallery is a museum of world sig-nificance with collections running into many thousands of works of art from Old Russia icons to contempo-rary paintings. The gallery is the pride both Moscow and all Russia.
    The founder of the gallery is Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898).'He began collecting the finest works by Russian painters in 1856 and continued his activity for forty years until the end of his life. After Pavel Tretyakov's death the collec-tor's brother, Sergei Tretyakov also a lover of paintings, collected works not only of Russian, but also of French and Dutch masters.
    The collection of the Tretyakov brothers was opened to the public as a private museum in 1874 and it immediately became widely popular.
    In the first half on the 20th cen-tury the gallery was nationalized. Thus, formerly a municipal museum, the Tretyakov Gallery was trans-formed into a national museum.
    In the early 20th century, a department of Old Russian paint-ing was instituted at the Tretyakov Gallery. It includes such great mas-terpieces as the famous Old Testament Trinity, the only original icon by Andrei Rublev. a number of other icons attributed to Andrei Rublev and Theophanes the Greek, and a collection of out-standing works of 16th century Russian iconpainting.
    The collection of 18th century Russian art includes works by such talented portraitists as Alexei Antropov, Fyodor Rokotov, Dmitry Levitsky and Vladimir Borovikovsky and superb sculptural portraits by Fedor Shubin and Mikhail Kozlovsky.
    The halls featuring the first half of the 19th century contain the remarkable canvas Christ's Appearance to the People by Alexander Ivanov, who devoted twenty years of his life to creating it. On display here arc also poetic yet true-to-life portraits by Orest Kiprensky, including his portrait of Alexander Pushkin, works by Karl Bryullov such as Bathsheba, a Lady on Horseback and a large number of other paintings by great artists.

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    Discover Russian art!

    by tiganeasca Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    If you have any interest in Russian art, or even if you don't know much about it but are curious, you will have a spectacular time at the Tretyakov Gallery. In my book this is one of the absolute 'don't miss' places in the entire city. It began a century ago as the collections of two brothers. It has become the best museum of Russian art in the world, especially nineteenth century Russian realist art. The collections are staggering (don't miss the ancient icons), the wonder of it all amazing. Just watch out for the kids. It is a deservedly and understandably famous place for schools to shlep schoolchildren. And they can overwhelm--just like the collections. But I cannot recall having been so enchanted with a museum in a long, long time.

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