More of an art gallery than a museum, this is not just for art students and critics. It is impossible not to appreciate the masterful techniques of the works, a study encouraged by several exhibits with the preparatory pieces displayed around the final product. Like the Hermitage, the interior is just as beautiful as the paintings and it’s free entry for students. Particularly recommended are the many statues and paintings of Ekaterina II and the works of Ivan Aivazovsky - vast and just stunning.
|Original study for Bronze Horseman|
|Last Day of Pompeii|
|The beginning of music|
Ploshad’ Iskusstv: turn right down Inzhinernaya ul into the square – look for the enormous black and gold fence on the left (not hard to find).