An excellent sample of High Classicism in russian architecture
The principal collections of the Russian Museum are located in the Mikhailovsky Palace. It was constructed for one of the emperor Paul I’s sons, the grand duke Mikhail Pavlovich, upon the project of the architect C.Rossi. From the very begging of its existence, the palace was recognized as an architectural masterpiece not only on the territory of Russia, but also in all Europe. The receptions given in this palace were frequented by the most famous Russian poets and writers, such as Alexander Pushkin. The palace was also famous for its musical salon, where came the best European singers, musicians, and composers. It was a place where the habitants of St. Petersburg could listen to such celebrities as Liszt, Berlioz, Schuman, Wagner and many others.
At the end of 19 century, the palace which is partially reconstructed in three years for the museum purposes and accepted collections of Winter Palace, Gatchina and Aleksandrovsky Palaces, the Hermitage and the Museum of the Academy of Arts, and also private collections donated to the museum. Now the collection of the Russian Museum contains more than 400 000 exhibits and covers all historical periods and tendencies of the history of the Russian art through more than 1000 years (from the XI till the XXI century), and the variety of all its principal types and genres, directions and schools. The most famous Russian painters such as I. Ayvazovsky, K. Bryullov, I. Repin, I. Shishkin, V. Surikov, L. Bakst, K. Korovin, V. Kandinsky, K. Malevich and other painters.
And also the museum contains a rich collection of folk and applied arts, including different objects representing national crafts, embroideries, fabrics, fragments of the Russian log huts, women's suits of different Russian regions.