Iosif Braz, Anton Chekhov, 1898 /Copyright: State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

From the late 1860s Pavel Tretyakov began collecting and commissioning portraits of all the great figures in the cultural life of Russia. It was a fortunate coincidence that the era fron 1867 to 1914 was a remarkably creative one in literature, the theater, and music, as well as being the golden age of Russian portraiture. It enabled Tretyakov to put together a striking collection of masterpieces, which he later presented to the city of Moscow; today it is the State Tretyakov Museum. Now the Tretyakov Museum is exchanging for a time key portraits with Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. The Russians will be...

 

A Message from the Editors

Our past successes are owed to our greatest ambassadors: our readers. Our future rests on your support, as The New Criterion Editor Roger Kimball explains. Will you help us continue to bring our incisive review of the arts and culture to the next generation of readers?

Popular Right Now