On Nov. 25, more than 500 people lined up outside the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow to be the first to see the exhibit "Roma Aeterna. Masterpieces of the Vatican Pinacoteca." Museum director Zelfira Tregulova has called the exhibition, which contains 42 Italian and French paintings from the 12th to 18th centuries, "the biggest exposition that the Vatican has ever set up outside its walls."
Among the highlights of the exhibit are world-famous canvases such as Caravaggio's The Entombment of Christ, Nicolas Poussin's Martyrdom of St. Erasmus, Carlo Crivelli's Pietà and Veronese's The Vision of St. Helena.
The exhibition also includes small works by Perugino, Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Guido Reni, frescoes by Melozzo da Forlì and works by other masters.
According to the Tretyakov Gallery's press service, online tickets are sold out until the end of December; new tickets will be available for future dates starting Dec. 15. A limited number of same-day tickets are available at the museum.
The exhibition will run until Feb. 19, 2017.
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