State Tretyakov Gallery (Original) in Moscow

The original Tretyakov Gallery is two floors: the ground floor features epic landscapes and portraits from mostly the 18th and 19th centuries, and the basement floor had religious icons from mostly the 11th century. I spent about four hours on the ground floor, and not even 40 minutes in the basement: If you've seen one Jesus, Mary and Joseph, you've pretty much seen them all.

A few of my early favorites at the museum (after the first 90 minutes, I lost track) were, Sylvester Shchedrin, "Moonlight in Naples," and pretty much everything by Vasily Perov.

In the museum there were also a few paintings of organ grinders with their monkeys, which reminded me of one of my Dad's favorite phrases, and sage advice: Talk to the organ grinder, not the monkey.