I really enjoyed my rather quick tour through this museum, and would have loved to spend a little more time there, even. It was refreshing to see a collection of Russian art, apart from all of the other classical art within St. Petersburg. Granted, there is plenty of classicism within this museum, as well, but visitors are privy to an exploration of art's evolution within Russia, following trends, European imitations, and art demonstrative of peasant life..
Perhaps it's overly common, but my favorite pieces were two portraits of Anna Akhmatova, as well as the Ivan Aivazovsky paintings and a striking sculpture of Catherine the Great..
It's definitely worth a visit while in St. Petersburg. =)
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