Russian painting

Portrait of A. F. Kokorinov, D. G. Levitsky, 1769

  • Author: Dmitry G. Levitsky
  • Museum: The Russian Museum
  • Year: 1769
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Description of the picture:

Portrait of A. F. Kokorinov - Dmitry G. Levitsky. 1769. Oil on canvas. 134x102

The outstanding 18th century portrait painter D. G. Levitsky (1735-1822) served as an artist at the court of Catherine II. In the typical era of the ceremonial portrait portrait, the painter depicted the circle of privileged aristocracy.
The composition of the portrait of the architect Alexander Filippovich Kokorinov full of allegorical details, so beloved in this century, full of conventions and manners of high society etiquette. No random items, all designed to emphasize the nature and dignity of the personality of the hero. Kokorinov points to the plan of the building of the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg at the behest of Catherine the Great. Later he will become the rector of this first and for a long time the only institution in Russia that gave art education.
The architect is represented by Levitsky in all its glory. The masterly mastery of pictorial technique makes the objects in his works surprisingly material and tactile - as if real silk folds are visible, the overlap of the satin of the camisole and the elegance of the shiny fur of the cloak.
For this portrait Levitsky was awarded the title of academician of painting. - the highest award for the artist.

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