on July 12, 2006
The Tretyakov houses, by universal acclaim, are the world’s greatest collection of Russian art. We didn’t like it. This is matter of personal taste. Old Russian art just ain’t our thing. Early on in the visit, we abandoned our guided tour, walked quickly through the museum, and then went outside to shop and explore the nearby streets.When planning your trip, visit The Tretyakov’s website and look at what you will see so you can decide in advance if you really want to do this. That said, the highlight of the Tretyakov for us was the view of the front door, the bizarre early 20th-century townhouse of the Kostroma (see journal) linen merchant, Tretyakov, and the entrance hall to the house.The “Tretyakov” refers to the old, or original, Tretyakov Gallery, which displays Russian art up to the time of the revolution. A new building located somewhere else has art for the time of the revolution onward. We did not see this museum.
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