People reflect their life in art. Real, live art
appeals to the heart and mind of man, to his feelings and ideals and it
proclaims life. Art is truthful only when it serves life, only when the artist
hopes to arouse a warm response in the heart of man. This was the case in the
days of Giotto and Raphael, this was the case in the subsequent stages of man's
artistic development, and this is the truthful relationship of art and life in
the day of Renato Guttuso and Rockwell Kent. Art belongs to the people.
The history of art from the Renaissance to our days
confirms this. An artist is a worthy son of his time if his art is addressed to
the people, when it deals with life, when he welcomes the sunrise as a
wonderful symbol of man's finest hopes. It is close contact with the life of
his people that gives an artist's work its power.
One can see masterpieces of old and modern art in
various picture galleries and museums. There are nearly a thousand museums in
Russia” many of them being world famous. The largest collection of Russian art
is the Tretyakov Art Gallery in Moscow. It is a real treasury of canvases by
prominent Russian painters. It contains price-less collections of icons,
17—20th centuries paintings and sculptures and contemporary Russian painting
One of the largest and most remarkable museums of the
world is the Hermitage, more than three hundred halls housing its exhibitions
of articles of the greatest artistic value. The museum's collections now
comprise work of various periods in the development of art, from ancient I
times up to the present day. Famous painters from different countries are
The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg is another
picture gallery which contains the richest collection of Russian paintings of
18-19th centuries and the best collection of Russian sculpture.
In the Pushkin Museum of the Fine Arts in Moscow the
art of the Ancient East and Western Europe is represented. This museum
possesses a unique collection of co-pies of the finest sculptures of the old
time. It is in this museum that many famous foreign expositions of the Fine
Arts are displayed almost every year.
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