The Tretyakov Gallery
The largest collection of Russian art in the world.

Moscow, Russia, Europe

As the foremost arsenal of Russian art, the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow stands out among the world’s museums. 1856 is considered to be the year the museum was founded, making it more than 160 years old! Even though Pavel Tretyakov started collecting art earlier, this was the year that he purchased his first two Russian paintings, and the idea of a gallery dedicated to Russian art was born. The painting were Temptation by N.G. Schilder and Skirmish with Finnish Smugglers by V.G. Kudyakov. The museum’s impressive façade was designed by the painter Viktor Vasnetsov who was inspired by Russian fairy-tales. The collection contains more than 130,000 artefacts, ranging from Theotokos of Vladimir and Andrei Rublev's Trinity to the monumental Composition VII by Wassily Kandinsky and the Black Square by Kazimir Malevich. More information here: