Places Around Tretyakov Gallery
Address: Lavrushinsky pereulok, 10
Open hours: 10.00 – 19.30
The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art is one of the greatest museums in the world. It is located in one of the oldest directs of Moscow – Zamoskvorechye, few steps away from the Kremlin.
The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made а 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 а collection, which might later grow into а museum of national art. "For me, а true and ardent lover of painting, there can be no finer wish than to found а universally accessible repository of the fine arts, which will benefit many and give pleasure to all," wrote the collector in 1860, adding "I… should like to leave а national gallery, that is, а gallery with pictures by Russian artists". The years passed and the young collector's desire was brilliantly put into practice.
In 1892 Moscow, and with it the whole of Russia was presented by Tretyakov with а large and already famous gallery containing about 2,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures of genuine works of Russian art.
Nowadays, the Gallery's Collection contains more than 130 000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists and is one of the must-see places in Russian capital.