The collection of Old Russian painting of the Russian Museum is one of the largest and most significant in our country. It includes around six thousand icons. The permanent exhibition at the Mikhailovsky Palace represents a part of this collection, the most valuable works of 12th-17th centuries from the major art centers of Old Russia: Novgorod, Pskov, Vladimir, Suzdal, Moscow, and Yaroslavl.
The most ancient icons are on display in the first hall. The gem of the collection is the icon "Archangel Gabriel" ("Angel Golden Hair"), a unique 12th-century monument of Kievan Rus. The 13th-century icon "Our Lady of Tenderness" (Belozerskaya) is the earliest surviving Russian Orthodox icon of the Virgin. Also on display is the famous icon of Boris and Gleb. Created by a Moscow master in the middle of the 14th century, it is a rare image of the first Russian saints that has remained intact until the present day.
In the next hall, one can see works coming from the two large centers of icon painting: Novgorod and Pskov. Among them is a wonderful artifact of the 14th century—the Novgorod icon "St. George and the Dragon". Farther on, there are works by the Moscow school of the 14th and 15th centuries. The central place is occupied by four icons from the iconostasis of the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir: "St Peter", "St Paul", "Presentation of Jesus at the Temple" and "Baptism of Christ", made in the studio of Andrei Rublev, a prominent painter of the late 14th and early 15th centuries. Also on display is a group of icons from the Virgin Nativity Cathedral of the Ferapontov Monastery, executed by a well-known master of icon painting, Dionisius, and his apprentices. The final section of the exhibition consists of icons of the 16th and 17th centuries by painters who worked in Yaroslavl and Tver, and by the Stroganov School of icon painting. In the same hall, one can see one of the most important icons of the second half of the 17th century, "The Trinity" created by a famous artist of the Kremlin Armory workshop, Simon Ushakov.
18 october—4 november 2019
The exhibition will present a painting by Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov (1862–1942) “Holy Russia”, the complex restoration of which was completed in the Russian Museum, as well as photo and video documentation of the restoration works.
19 june—26 august 2019
An exhibition in the Garden Vestibule of the Mikhailovsky Palace presents ten portraits of poet Anna Akhmatova in painting, graphics, and sculpture, created by the writer’s contemporaries.
The collection of masterpieces, chosen by the Russian Museum will allow you to make a first impression of the collection of the Russian Museum.
Russian Museum - one of the world's largest museums and is perhaps the only country where such a full treasure of national culture are presented.
Virtual tour of the museum complex. 2009 (Rus., Eng., Ger., Fin.)
In the online shop of the Russian Museum presented a huge range of souvenirs, illustrated editions and multimedia disks.
Be informed about news, events and exhibitions of the Russian Museum
The State Russian Museum
The Russian Museum is the exclusive owner of all the interior images and pieces of art of the Russian Museum collection, as well as all the images and text information given on its official site. The usage of the texts and images provided on the site is only allowed with the permission of the Russian Museum.