Just within walking distance of our hotel is one of the main Moscow attractions-the Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Pereulok (Lavrushinsky Lane). The gallery contains the largest in the world collection of Russian fine art.
You can find the whole Russian classics in the original — famouse art works of Andrey Rublev, Viktor Vasnetsov, Ivan Aivasovsky, Alexey Savrasov, Ilya Repin, Ivan Kramskoy.
Everyone has seen these pictures in books or magazines. But to see the original works of the masters is a completely amazing experience. Considering each element of the picture, you seem to be transported in those epochs and touch the talent of great artists. It fascinates! You can dream up what the master was thinking about when he was painting a particular picture, what he was trying to say, what mood he was in.
The facade itself is also interesting. It was desined in a peculiar Russian fairy-tale style by the architect Vasily Bashkirov on the bases of Viktor Vasnetsov’s sketches. It all started with private house of the merchant Tretyakov. As his collection of paintings grew, new rooms adjoined the house. Today the complex of the Tretyakov Gallery also includes the building of the closed St. Nicholas church in Tolmachi and occupies the entire even side of Lavrushinsky Pereulok.