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Tretyakov Gallery | Highlights

A video overview of perhaps the greatest collection of Russian art in the world. The museum’s founder was Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898), who at the age of twenty-four, decided he wanted to start a public art museum. The museum was started with Pavel’s collection of 1,805 paintings and drawings by Russian artists. 

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Ivanov, Alexander | The Artist as Prophet

The concept of the artist as a prophetic figure became widespread during the period after the Napoleonic wars. It was believed that visual and/or verbal messages could be created to enact social and political change. The subsequent metamorphosis went from that of socio-political into a religious force, which was largely facilitated by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol and artist Alexander Ivanov.