Self Portrait, 1828
Orest Adamovich Kiprensky|
March 24, 1782
Koporye, near Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
October 17, 1836 (aged 54)|
|Education||Imperial Academy of Arts, St.Petersburg|
Prince Dmitry Donskoy after the Battle of Kulikovo (1805)|
Portrait of the Princess A. V. Scherbatova (1808)
Portrait of Vasily Zhukovsky (1815)
Portrait of Sergey Uvarov (1815)
Orest Adamovich Kiprensky (Russian: Орест Адамович Кипренский 24 March [O.S. 13 March] 1782-17 October [O.S. 5 October] 1836) was a leading Russian portraitist in the Age of Romanticism. His most familiar work is probably his portrait of Alexander Pushkin (1827), which prompted the poet to remark that "the mirror flatters me".
Orest was born in the village of Koporye near Saint Petersburg on 24 March [O.S. 13 March] 1782. He was an illegitimate son of a landowner Alexey Dyakonov, hence his name, derived from Kypris, one of the Greek names for the goddess of love. He was raised in the family of Adam Shvalber, a serf. Although Kiprensky was born a serf, he was released from the serfdom upon his birth and later his father helped him to enter a boarding school at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg in 1788 (when Orest was only six years old).
He studied at the boarding school and the Academy itself until 1803. He lived at the Academy for three more years as a pensioner to fulfill requirements necessary to win the Major Gold medal. Winning the first prize for his work Prince Dmitri Donskoi after the Battle of Kulikovo (1805) enabled the young artist to go abroad to study art in Europe.
A year before his graduation, in 1804, he painted the portrait of Adam Shvalber, his foster father (1804), which was a great success. The portrait so impressed his contemporaries, that later members of the Naples Academy of Arts took it for the painting by some Old Master – Rubens or van Dyck. Kiprensky had to ask the members of the Imperial Academy of Arts for letters supporting his authorship.
After that, Kiprensky lived in Moscow (1809), Tver 1811, Saint Petersburg 1812, in 1816–1822 he lived in Rome and Napoli. In Italy he met a local girl Anne Maria Falcucci (Mariucci), to whom he became attached. He bought her from her dissolute family and employed as his ward. On leaving Italy, he sent her to a Roman Catholic convent.
In 1828, Kiprensky came back to Italy, as he got a letter from his friend Samuel Halberg, informing him that they had lost track of Mariucci. Kiprensky found Mariucci, who had been transferred to another convent. In 1836 he eventually married her. He had to convert into Roman Catholicism for this marriage to happen. He died by pneumonia in Rome later that year. He is buried in the church of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte.
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Portrait of Adam Shvabler, Orest's foster father, 1804
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Portrait of Prince P. P. Scherbatov, 1808
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Portrait of Countess Ye. P. Rostopchina, 1809
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Portrait of Yevgraf Davydov, 1809
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Portrait of Pyotr Olenin, 1813
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Portrait of A. P. Bakunin, 1813
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Portrait of Sergey Uvarov, 1815
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Portrait of Konstantin Batyushkov, 1815
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Portrait of Vasily Zhukovsky, 1815
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Young Gardener, 1817
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Portrait of Ekaterina Avdulina, 1822
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Portrait of Prince N. P. Trubetzkoy, 1826
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Portrait of O. A. Ryumina, 1826
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Орест Кипренский, "Бедная Лиза", 1827
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Portrait of Alexander Pushkin, 1827
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Portrait of Bertel Thorvaldsen, 1833
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