The Vologda Kremlin Art Museum is located in the tower of the Southern Fortress Wall. There you can see a very interesting collection of ancient Russian iconography of the 14th and 18th centuries. There is also an exposition of folk crafts of the Russian north.
The Art Museum is part of the Vologda Museum-Reserve. In the Vologda Kremlin, you can also visit the Historical Museum, which is located in the Simonovsky and Gavriilovsky buildings of the Kremlin. The exposition of the Museum of Modern Art is located in the Southwest Tower of the Vologda Kremlin, and temporary exhibitions are also held here.
In the Art Museum, the collection of ancient Russian paintings is of the greatest interest. The most valuable icons were brought here from various churches of the Vologda region. Some icons were brought from the Spaso-Prilutsky Monastery. Its stone temples were built in the period 1537-1542.
The peculiarity of the Vologda school of iconography is the depiction of not only saints, but also the events of his life. In the center of the icon you can see the face of the saint, and around it are small miniatures of the events of his life. In this way, people could visually study the lives of the saints.
The most valuable icons of the Vologda Art Museum are the Zyryanskaya Trinity (14th century), Our Lady of Tenderness Podkubenskaya (14th century), the Icon of Dionysius Prilutsky (1503), the works of the great icon painter Dionysius. In the Art Museum you can see several dozen icons of the 14th and 17th centuries.