A Brief History of Russian Paintings In the beginning of the nineteenth century almost all portrait artwork had a westernized style to it, emphasizing facial expressions and contrasting colors and fabrics. Iconic painting was a form of painting used especially in the beginning of the fifteenth century that expressed spirituality in Russia. “Icons are characterized by elegance, grace, and fine taste” (Riasanovsky). Parsuna style of painting emerged in the late 1600s. It is the portrait paintings of well known secular person of that time. Parsunas are the transitional paintings from Icons to Portraits. Russian artwork took on many forms during the eighteenth century. Most notably is the transition from the parsuna to a more westernized style.
Alexei PetrovichAntropov (1716-1795)
Most influential secular painter
Bridged the gap between the Petrine era and later 18th century painters
Helped revive art in the 1730s and 1740s
A favorite painter of Peter III
Painted AnastasiiaMikhailovna, M. Rumiantseva, and Catherine The Great
The time of enlightenment during the eighteenth century in Russia was a time of many great advancements, fresh ideas, and social changes. Among these was the introduction of a more westernized style of painting portraits. Although this style resulted as a slow progress over time from the iconic style of painting, these portraits became very popular and helped Russia become a part of the more modernized European World.
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