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Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow: 23 reviews and 27 photos
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.
Address: Lavrushinsky pereulok 10
Directions: metro Tretyakovskaya
Phone: 495 953 1051
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