As the old saying goes man cannot live by bread alone. Any human being needs nourishment for his soul as well. One of the places where one can get spiritual food is a museum. Museums are an essential part of any culture and society.
Last year I went to see a friend who lives in Moscow. I did an awful lot of sightseeing. I enjoyed my stay there immensely. But what 1 found absolutely unforgettable was my visit to the Tretyakov Gallery.
During the conducted tour I learned much about the museum in generaU about the life of Pavel Tretyakov, the founder of the gallery and about thi history of Russian art from the 11th century to the present days. The exposition of the museum includes a rich collection of Russian icons among which is the world-famous The Trinity painted by Andrey Rublev in 15th century. 1 marvelled at the finest works of such 18lh-century celebreties as Boroviko-vsky, Levitsky, Rokotov and Shchedrin.
Some of the halls, which deal with brilliant paintings by Brullov, Tro«l pinin, Ivanov, Venetsianov, stand out in my memory very vividly. The gallery has got the best collection of Peredvizhniki, such as Kramskoy, Perov, Ghe and others. There you can see historical paintings, portraits, landscapes, etc.
But what is more important, I received an emotional experience. Needless to say, that like any other museum, it should be taken a little at a time. The Tretyakov gallery enjoys a truly universal popularity. I wish I could visit it over and over again.