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A treasure house of Russian 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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Jul 19, 2005

Tretyakov Gallery

The best Russian paintings were collected by Tretyakov, I saw some of these in London during Summer 2004, read about them here

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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Oct 17, 2004

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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Dec 02, 2012

The State Tretyakov Gallery

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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Sep 28, 2011
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Biggest collection of russian pictures

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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Sep 02, 2003

Garden of Fallen Idols

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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Nov 08, 2003

Tretiakov for literary portraiture.

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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Jun 06, 2003

Russian fine art

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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Jun 15, 2003
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For a comprehensive collection of Russian art

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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Oct 05, 2005


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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Jan 15, 2003

Tretiakov Gallery

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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Dec 19, 2005

Serov exhibiton at Tretyakov gallery

Have you heard of Valentin Serov?
I guess not, unless you are a very wealthy art dealer – a not so well-to-do art dealer won’t afford it, the painter was not only talented but quite successful, too; a rare case among his colleagues, they mostly dies of tuberculosis or drank themselves to death. Serov, too, died fairly young of a heart attack, though. See, he lookes very tired already...

He was one of the premier portrait artists of his era. It’s thanks to him that we have a very good image of the singer Feodor Shalyapin, writer Anton Chekhov, his own painter collegue Isaac Levitan.
This was a jubilee exhibition – he was born January 1865.

P.S. Just read the news:
about 440 000 already visited, others stand in line in - 10 C, wind and snow, ready to literally storm the museum! Firefighters come to their rescue with hot tea and coffee.
Unfortunately, it was forbidden to take photos, see pictures at Serov
The next one - marinist Aivazovsky - follow the news!

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Jan 27, 2016

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