Photographer's Note

When I learned Russian in school ages ago, I read about the pictures in Tretyakov Gallery. The most impressive for me was the painting by Riepin and Ayvazowskiy - the strange in it was that Ayvazovskiy painted only seascapes and Riepin only the people. So they both painted one picture - A. the sea and R. the people there. I always wanted to see it so no wonder Tretyakov Gallery was high on my bucket list in Moscow. I couldn't find this special painting but there were many beautiful works there.
The huge painting in the background is by Ivanov:

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov was a Russian painter who adhered to the waning tradition of Neoclassicism but found little sympathy with his contemporaries. He was born and died in St. Petersburg.Ivanov studied together with Karl Briullov at the Imperial Academy of Arts but he spent most of his life in Rome where he befriended Gogol and succumbed to the influence of the Nazarenes. He has been called the master of one work, for it took 20 years to complete his magnum opus, The Appearance of Christ before the People (183757), now in the Tretyakov Gallery at Moscow. Critical judgement about Ivanov improved in the following generation. Some of the numerous sketches he had prepared for The Appearance have been recognized as masterpieces in their own right.

The State Tretyakov Gallery is an art gallery in Moscow, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world.

The gallery's history starts in 1856 when the Moscow merchant Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov acquired works by Russian artists of his day with the aim of creating a collection, which might later grow into a museum of national art. In 1892, Tretyakov presented his already famous collection of approximately 2,000 works (1,362 paintings, 526 drawings, and 9 sculptures) to the Russian nation.

Bulent adviced the less saturation, so I made a Workshop with a bit other version.
Big beta version

Corridor outside Gallery

Less saturated version.

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