Hetman Ivan Vyhovsky Museum
(Department of Lviv Art Gallery)
In Ruda village first Museum in Ukraine of Hetman Ivan Vyhovsky was founded in August 24, 2004. The museum is a department of Lviv Art Gallery. Museum's exhibits reflect the time of Ukrainian nation struggle for its independence since Zaporizhska Sich appearance till the end of 1940-50th.
Here are widely represented paintings by native and foreign painters of XVII-XX centuries. Besides, there is an interesting painting by an unknown artist (ХІХ cent.), where I. Vyhovsky's wife — Olena Stetkevych is portrayed. She was a highly educated person and she had a considerable influence on Chyhyryn court. She bore the only son Ostap. O. Stetkevych's testament was kept in Zhydachiv archives till 1929 (nowadays it is in Poland).
Among the exhibits there are sacred art works of the XVII-XIX centuries. A great interest attracts the Ascension icon (unknown artist of ІІ half of XVIII century) from Holy Cross Exaltation Church in Yosypovychi village of Stry district — the Vyhovskys' family church. Icon was renewed in 2004 by Lviv Art Gallery restorational branch workers.
In this museum are also represented objects of material culture, which were found near former hetman's castle in Ruda village. Among rare objects are — oak doors from the Vyhovskys' family church with T. Zavadska's inscription — hetman's daughter-in-law, wife of hetman's son Ostap.
Ivan Vyhovsky (? — 1664).
Hetman of Ukraine (1657-59 years).
Outstanding state and political person of Cossaks state — Hetmanshchyna. In 1659 he got a brilliant victory near Konotop over the one hundred thousandth army. He was insidiously killed in 1664. According to many historic sources he was buried in Ruda village.