The National Art Gallery of Armenia was founded in 1921. It occupies six floors of
eight-storey building situated at the Republic Square,
while the other two floors occupy The History Museum.
The gallery is among the biggest
museums in the post-Soviet territory. It maintains the largest
collection of Armenian art in the world. The
museum preserves more than 20.000 paintings, 350 of which belong to the paintbrush
of such prominent Western artists as are Garza, Orakyan, Fetvadzhyan and the
rest. The Gallery keeps a complete
collection of the paintings of Aivazovsky.
The National Gallery stores the paintings of
many famous twentieth century painters – Mark Shagal, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Valentin Serov, Wassily Kandinski, Bajberuk-Melikian, Robert Falk, Georgy Yakulov and others.
The identity of Armenian people, their
traditions and features are reflected in this gallery. The best opportunity to get familiar with the
Armenian art in close is visiting the National Gallery. In the Armenian section,
you can see the copies of murals of Lmbatavank, Tatev Monastery, Akhtala, Aruch Church and Haghpat Monasteries. An enormous
collection of original copies of
medieval segments and miniatures of murals by Naghash
and Hovnatan Hovnatanyans are kept here.
This national treasury holds works by Fragonard, Courbet, Donatello, Tintoretto, Theodore Rousseau, Rodin, Rubens and Jan Van Dyck. The creations of many Russian and Armenian painters, sculptors and graphic artists including Martiros Sarian, Yervand Kochar and Sedrak Arakelyan are held here.
You will sin if you leave Armenian without seeing this national repository of art.