National Gallery is another subsidiary of the National Museum; its holdings boast an extensive collection of Armenian, Russian and foreign visual and applied arts. The most interesting part of the permanent exhibition is possibly the collection of the less-known Armenian art: the oldest exhibits date back to the early Middle Ages. Russian art is represented with truly outstanding works by the grand masters of the late 1800s and early 1900s, the likes of Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, Isaac Levitan, Ivan Shishkin, Mikhail Nesterov, Wassily Kandinsky, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Marc Chagall et al. Works of the Italian, Dutch, Flemish, French and German schools are featured in the collection of Western European painting; the Dutch and French collections are particularly impressive. A separate section of the permanent exhibition is dedicated to the Armenian religious painting from the 17th-19th centuries. The works, theme-wise rooted in the Biblical tradition and the history of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church, are mostly painted in oil on canvas on commission from local churches and the Armenian diaspora; they stand out with their free interpretation of traditional religious subjects, vibrant colours, naive way of thinking and ample use of decorative elements, all of which seem to indicate that these paintings were created by anonymous amateur artists. The naively direct approach makes these works of sacred art especially appealing and valuable.
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