National Gallery of Armenia

The Art Gallery of Armenia, opened in 1921, is one of the richest museums of the world. Its extensive collection of Armenian, Western European, Russian Art numbers over 19000 items. Hermitage (Saint Petersburg) and the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) transferred valuable pictures to the newly founded museum in 1922.The Echmiadzin Monastery presented the Museum with a collection of Armenian art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The collection of Lazarev family, who founded the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages in Moscow, enriched the Museum with Armenian and Russian paintings. A special section of the museum is devoted to the art of Armenian artists living abroad. Their works, bearing the imprint of cultural traditions of the countries where they happen to live, are imbued with a nostalgic longing of the artists for their motherland.
The gallery contains Isaac Levitan’s landscapes, Mikhail Vrublev’s graphic works, Victor Borisov-Musatov’s portraits. The Gallery contains a first-class collection of Western European paintings. The collection occupies 8 rooms, opening with The Mystic Mariage of St. Catherine, a painting of the school of Lorenzo Di Bicci. A separate room is devoted to Italian Art. The Italian collection includes works of Leonardo Bassano, Giovanni Guercino, Benvenuto Garofalo, Bernardo Strozzi, Giovanni Tiepolo and works of other Italian masters. There is a fairy rich collection of the Dutch and Flemish schools. Canvases by Paul Rubens, Van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens, David Teniers, Peter Neefs and Jan Fyt are on the display. Peter Claesz and Jan Van Goen are also exhibited. Especially valuable are the canvases by French painters. Very emotive painterly atmosphere is created by the works of the artists belonging to the famous Barbizon School: Narcisse Diaz de la Pena, Theodore Rousseau, Eugene Boudin, Adolfe Monticelli and Vincent Van Gogh. The collection of Russian art is represented by works of such artists as Brulov, Repin, Suricov, Levitski, Tropinin, Borovitski, Serov and other masters. The section of Armenian art includes different branches of national art, graphics and sculpture. It has rich collections of works by Ayvazovski, Shahin, Sarian Yakulov, Gyourjian, Kodjoyan, Festadjian and many other prominent masters.

Price of Admission:
Foreign Citizens: 800 AMD
Armenian Citizens: 800 AMD
Children: 300 AMD


Tel: (+374 10) 580812, 561812
Address: Republic Square, Yerevan, ARMENIA

Updated: 04:58 October 26, 2006