Oil on сanvas
41 х 35,7
State Russian Museum
This is a fragment of a large work painted by Kiprensky in Rome in 1816–1817. In 1816–1817, Kiprensky painted Albrecht’s portrait in Rome.
Albrecht, Karl Ivanovich (1789–1859) was the descendent of a native of Prussia, Ludwig von Albrecht. He began his military service of the Life-Guards Hussar Regiment, where in 1806 he was promoted from cadet to cornet, and in January 1812 to captain. In July 1812, he was seriously wounded in a battle near Vitebsk, and for his distinction in battle, he was promoted to colonel. In 1817, he was made commander of the Polish Lancers.
Kiprensky, Orest Adamovich
1772, Nezhinskaya (St Petersburg Province) - 1836, Rome
Portraitist, history painter, draughtsman. Illegitimate son of a serf woman, Anna Gavrilova, who gave him the name Kipreisky, later changed to Kiprensky. Grew up in the family of his foster father Adam Schwalde. Emancipated from serfdom and enrolled in the Imperial Academy of Arts (1788). Studied history painting under Grigory Ugryumov and Gabriele-Francois Doyen. Fellow of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1803-09). Worked in St Petersburg, Moscow and Tver. Academician of portrait painting (1812), councillor of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1815). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Lived in Italy (1816-23, 1828-36). Contributed to the Paris Salon (1822). Donated Self-Portrait (1820) to the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence (1825). Appointed second-class professor of history and portrait painting with automatic member¬ship of the nobility (1831). Councillor of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples (1831). Buried at Sant'' Andrea delle Fratte in Rome.