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Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Russia

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The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is Moscow's equivalent to St. Petersburg's enormous Hermitage Museum, and boasts an impressive collection ranging from Roman antiquities to canvasses by Gauguin. The museum was established in 1912 by the father of the famous Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, who was well renowned in Moscow as a Professor of Art History at Moscow State University. The early collection was comprised mainly of casts of antique, Medieval and Roman sculptures, which were somewhat controversially augmented with artifacts from private collections that were confiscated after the Revolution of 1917.

Today the museum's collection is vast and would take days to explore in its entirety! We suggest you grab a museum plan and start with the rooms that appeal most. The museum houses an extensive collection of ancient art and artifacts, including Egyptian, Assyrian, Ancient Greek and Roman pieces. Particularly worth a look are the Treasures of Troy in Room 7, once believed to have come from the Troy of Homer's famous work IIliad and allegedly stolen from the Nazis during WWII, and the stunning Byzantine icons in Room 3. The musuem's collection of Western European art extends from the Middle Ages right through to the mid-20th century. It features Gothic and Renaissance works from Italy, Germany and Holland, a selection of canvasses by Rubens and Rembrandt, the largest collection of French impressionist works in Russia and an impressive series of Post-Impressionist and Modernist works, including many notable Picassos and Matisses. The museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions in conjunction with St. Petersburg and foreign art galleries and musems.

For lovers of art and antiquities the Pushkin Museum offers a rare and impressive collection of works and is definitely worth a look while you're in town. More info on: www.moscow-taxi.com

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