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Portrait of Marfa Arbenieva. 1798

Borovikovsky Vladimir,
Oil on сanvas
78,4 x 58,2

State Russian Museum


Marfa Ivanovna Arbenieva (1741–1804): Daughter of Ivan Kozlov and wife of I. I. Arebniev. Aunt of the poet Ivan Kozlov. Played hostess to the poet Gavriil Derzhavin, Count Alexander Stroganov and the playwright Jacob Knyazhnin.

Author's Biography

Borovikovsky Vladimir

Borovikovsky, Vladimir Lukich
1757, Mirgorod - 1825, St Petersburg
Painter, draughtsman, miniaturist, icon painter, portraitist. Born into a family of low rank Cossacks. Studied painting under his father, the icon painter Luke Borovik, in Mirgorod. Listed "above the specified number" in the Mirgorod regiment where his father and relatives served (1774). Awarded the rank of "comrade of the colours" (1783), resigned with the rank of lieutenant. Moved to St Petersburg (1788) and studied under Dmitry Levitsky and Johann Baptiste I Lampi. Nominated to the Imperial Academy of Arts (1794), academician of portrait painting (1795). Councillor of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1802). Contributed to the iconostasis of the Kazan Cathedralin St Petersburg (1804). Mason and member of Ekaterina Tatarinova''s mystical sect.

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