Discover the full arc of Russian art at this museum, which not only has religious icons from the 12th to the 17th century, but also more recent works. It was built on the order of Tsar Alexander III, who had an impressive 19th century art collection. His son Nicolas II opened the museum in 1898 in the Mikhailovsky Palace.
The works are presented in chronological order. Don't miss the paintings of Peredvizhniki movement: also known in English as the Wanderers or the Itinerants, these fine arts students were at odds with the official style in the 19th century. The most famous painting, Barge Haulers on the Volga, by Ilya Repin, is a denunciation of forced labour. Among the many works on display, youll discover artists little known in the West. You'll also see abstract paintings by Malevich and Kandinsky, and a few by Chagall.
Finally, part of the museum features folk handicrafts: toys, lacquered boxes, ceramics, and jewellery.
Inzhenernaya St 4
Saint Petersburg 191186
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