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“Beautiful compact gallery”

The State Tretyakov Gallery
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Tretyakov Gallery with Private Concert at St Nicholas Church
Ranked #3 of 2,455 things to do in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and contains more than 180,000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics created by generations of Russian artists.
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Great gallery, spreading over two storeys, quite compact so you can manage to see all of the exhibits in three hours which is nice compared to other large galleries. Many beautiful pictures are exhibited here and even though you knew nothing about the Russian painters before, you will learn much. Yes, this is the gallery for all Russian painters as opposed to the Pushkin gallery which contains world art. Perhaps take a guided tour that will point you out the most notable paintings and relate the history behind them. However, you can also do it another way as the webpage of this gallery contains pictures of all of its paintings with short comments on the most important ones so you can either prepare this beforehand or check the history of a painting you've especially liked. Bonus points for that! Warning, this gallery is mostly frequented on weekends, so if you can manage to visit it on a weekday, it would be better as it won't be that crowded.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Need a guide, then interesting reflection on Russian history through its art, not too crowded either

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Has some fantastic Aivazovsky paintings amongst many other Russian artists but Aivazovsky was just fantastic.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Magnificent painting from the best Russian artists since centuries. It deserve to spend at least 3 hours there to appreciate as it as to be seen.

Thank Francois C
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I usually like wandering around on my own through an art museum, but I'm so glad we had a knowledgeable guide for the Tretyakov! As others have said, the artists won't be known to most of us outside of Russia, but the art is impressive, and a guide helps provide history and context. Also, a guide can take you to see the Our Lady of Vladimir icon -- the most revered icon in Russian. This icon is in an attached church, but it would be challenging to find without the guide and the hours are very restricted. Actually, the entire collection of icons in this museum is really impressive. I also liked that the museum wasn't horribly crowded and the building itself is comfortable and attractive.

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