State Tretyakov Gallery

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This is Moscow's main repository of Russian art. In every room you will find paintings every Russian knows from childhood: Three Bogatyrs and Alyonushka by Viktor Vasnetsov, The Unknown Woman by Ivan Kramskoi, Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan by Ilya Repin, Morning in a Pine Forest by Ivan Shishkin and Konstantin Savitsky, The Apotheosis of War by Vasily Vereshchagin, Demon Seated by Mikhail Vrubel, and many other great works of art. Both the building and the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, opened in the late 1800s, were constantly changed and expanded. The core collection is made up of the paintings collected by Pavel Tretyakov, an eminent local patron of the arts. When his private collection became too large for an ordinary home, the collector decided to have a gallery built, where to put all his art treasures on display for everyone to see. It is important to remember that Tretyakov collected the paintings of people he knew or was friends with, so consider hiring a tour guide. The State Tretyakov Gallery holds landmark exhibitions of Russian art, culled from the best private collections, and from the displays and storerooms of other museums.