The Tver Art Gallery was founded in 1866, but was later part of the museum throughout the city. The gallery of independent life began in 1937, and in 1990 got its current name. In 1896 the gallery was moved to the wonderful Imperial Palace of Tver, where it remained until 1936. For the second time, the gallery of the palace was opened in 1961.
The Imperial Palace of Tver is a truly remarkable building. It was built by Catherine II between 1760 and 1770. The author of the project was the architect P. Nikitin, who built a number of notable buildings of the time in Tver. Later, the palace was modified several times, and its outward appearance was made by famous masters such as Carlo Rossi and Alexander Ryazanov. The interior of the palace is no less attractive than its appearance: in the internal pictures worked D.B. Scotty, in sculptures, P. Campioni, of elements carved by I. Bazetti. The furniture is conformed by sketches of Rossi.
Unfortunately, since 1917, of all the treasures of which the imperial palace was so rich, only what is officially included in the museum’s collection is preserved. The restoration of this unique architectural monument began at the end of the 20th and 21st centuries, which has not been completed today. The museum’s collection is temporarily in the “Don” of the business center.
The largest collection of the gallery is a collection of Russian art from the 18th century to the present day. Among the artists whose works are represented are S. Shchukin, V. Tropinin, A. Venetsianov, Levitan, Korovin, I. Grabar, V. Serov, V. Byalynitsky-Birulya. It is a remarkable collection of portraits, religious paintings, allegorical works and sculptures of this type of the 20th century masters such as Mujina, I. Frikh-Har, S. Konenkov, O. Komov I T. N.
It is also interesting a selection of religious art exhibited in the museum. Here you can see the icons of the school of Tver between the ages 14 to 16, as well as the exceptional paintings of the ages 15 to 16. In addition to paintings, in the cult collection there are objects made of wood, copper, and so on.
Also interesting is the collection of works of painters and sculptors from Western Europe. The first works date from the 16th century. Among the names of the authors are C. De Bri, F. Battaloli, Hovarts A., A. Magnasco, K.Z.H. Vernet. The gallery regularly hosts exhibitions of the works of contemporary artists.
The arts and crafts collection can be left to the end. They offer national and European dishes as well as eating utensils, furniture, jewelry, glass, textiles, and so on. The pearl of this part of the collection can be considered as a collection of porcelain objects. The products make this the largest collection in Russia.
The Tver Art Gallery has several branches, which are also noteworthy, even though they are not in Tver. First, the Domotkanovo house where the museum functions as Valentina Serova. Second, the museum Vladimir Serov in the village of Emmaus.