Ilya Repin’s Penaty Memorial Estate
Ilya Repin’s Penaty Memorial Estate is located in the village of Repino (formerly Kuokkola) on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, 45 km away from St. Petersburg.
This is where Ilya Repin (1844-1930) spent the last 30 years of his life and where he wanted to be buried after his death. The museum that was opened in the manor in 1939 became one of the first memorial museums under the patronage of the Russian Academy of Arts.
The buildings of the manor were severely damaged during the war but were restored in 1950-1960s. On display are the artist’s personal belongings, his paintings and drawings, as well as the works of his son Yuri and other Russian painters. In total, there are about 600 works of painting and graphics at the Penaty Memorial Estate.
The house retains the historic interior decoration of the rooms that convey the tastes and habits of the owner: the workshop, dining room, study, and terrace.
A visit to the museum includes a tour of the exhibition, watching old newsreels about I.E. Repin in his home, and a tour of the memorial park and the surrounding area, which inspired many Russian artists and writers.