The State Tretyakov Gallery possesses a unique collection of Russian art including masterpieces which cover a period of a thousand years. The Gallery was founded by a Russian merchant and patron of the arts Pavel Tretyakov. He donated his collection to the city of Moscow in 1892. Since that time the State Tretyakov Gallery has become a world-famous museum. Nowadays it contains more than 170,000 works of Russian artists from the early religious paintings to modern art.