Vladimir Lukich Borovikovski1

Vladimir Lukich - Vladimir Lukich Borovikovskii(1757-1825 Borovikovskii was born in a noble family in Mirgorod in 1757 Despite his talent for

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Vladimir Lukich Borovikovskii (1757-1825) Borovikovskii was born in a noble family in Mirgorod, in 1757. Despite his talent for drawing, he joined the army and dedicated himself to art only after his retirement. He divided his time between painting icons and portraits. The artist owes the change of his fate to Catherine II. During one of her trips to the south of Russia, the Empress stopped at Kremenchug and commissioned from Borovikovskii two allegorical canvasses of herself. She was so impressed with the results that she invited the artist to St. Petersburg. In the capital, Borovikovskii met Dmitrii Levitskii and became his student. The artist became so popular that he had great difficulties with fulfilling all of his commissions. Moreover, the fame of the secular world seemed to contradict his deeply religious beliefs. He always considered religious painting his main goal in life and his activities as divine predestination. At the end of his life, his dreams came true: he devoted himself almost exclusively to religious art and even considered becoming a monk. He died in 1825, but his artistic legacy was preserved and developed by one of his most
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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Vladimir Lukich - Vladimir Lukich Borovikovskii(1757-1825 Borovikovskii was born in a noble family in Mirgorod in 1757 Despite his talent for

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