The art collection of the Russian State Museum

The Russian State Museum dates back to the 19th century, when Emperor Nicolas II realized that the people of the empire need a public art exhibition and choose the Mikhailovsky Palace to hold the pieces of arts that he gathered from the Hermitage Museum, the royal palaces and the Museum of the Academy of Arts. Today we would like to present briefly the art collection of the Russian State Museum and we give some useful information for visiting the museum.

Presentation of the art collection of the museum

The art collection of the Russian State Museum is presented in chronological order. The oldest part of the collection dates back to Peter the Great and mainly contains icons and other works of art with religious themes such as Sankt George and the Dragon, dating back in the 15th century.

Statues and paintings in the Russian State Museum

Statues and paintings in the Russian State Museum ©colros/Flick

After Peter the Great came to power, he wanted to give art a different direction, the Russian art becoming strongly influenced by artistic movements of Western Europe. The Tsar also invited foreign artists to come and work in Russia. The subjects presented in paintings became more and more diverse and the scenes became livelier.

The portraits that at one point were even forbidden by the Orthodox Church before the coming to the throne of Peter the Great became very popular. The most outstanding exponents were Ivan Nikitin, Andrey Matveyev and Dmitry Levitzky. Several rooms of the museum are dedicated to these portraits.

Russian State Museum in Saint Petersburg

Russian State Museum in Saint Petersburg ©luigig/Flick

One of the attractions of the museum is a group of paintings of artists known as the Wanderers, who rebelled in 1863 against a very conservative Academy of Arts. They wanted that painters in general gain a greater role in society. Their paintings presented typical Russian themes and many times they depicted ordinary country people. Ilya Repin, the most famous of the painters is present through his work “Barge Haulers on the Volga”.

The National Museum also holds a collection of Russian art from the 20th century with internationally recognized pieces of work from artists such as Kazimir Malevich, Filonov and Vasily Kandinsky Ravel.

Painting in the Russian State Museum in Sankt Petersburg

Painting in the Russian State Museum in Sankt Petersburg ©colros/Flick

Information for visiting the Russian State Museum

The address of the Russian State Museum is: Mikhailovsky Palace – Inzhenernaya Ulitsa 4. You can get there by Subway (Gostiny Dvor / Nevsky Prospekt – 2.3)

The ticket price is 300 rubles for the collection of the Mikhailovsky Palace and 600 ruble for tickets available at all locations: Mikhailovsky Palace, Marble Palace, Stroganov Palace and Sankt Michael’s Castle.
The Russian State Museum is opened daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM. Mondays and the days before holidays is opened from 10:00 AM to 16:00 PM The program on holidays is the following: on the 31st of December 31 and 1st of January isclosed, on the 2nd of January and 6th of January is opened from 10:00 AM until 17:00 PM. On the remaining public holidays the museum is opened as normally.

Russian State Museum in Saint Petersburg

Russian State Museum in Saint Petersburg ©alexeyklyukin/Flick

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