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Interesting facts about Karl Bryullov

Karl Brullov is a famous Russian painter. Born in Saint Petersburg in 1799. The artist’s father Pavel Ivanovich Brullo, it is worth noting that without the letter ” b ” at the end, since the surname brullo appeared in Russia in 1822, when, with the permission of the Emperor Alexander the First,the surname Brullo was Russified into brullo. So the artist’s father was an academician of ornamental sculpture, so most of the children, and there were seven of them in the family, had good artistic abilities.

Karl Brullov studied painting at the Academy of arts, was a student of the artist Andrey Ivanov, and received a gold medal in the class of historical painting.

In 1822, after receiving a gold medal, at the expense of the Academy of arts, the artist went on a business trip to Rome. After arriving At home in St. Petersburg, Bryullov begins to write a huge canvas “the Last day of Pompeii”, the artist personally was in the city of Pompeii, where he made several sketches for the future picture.

In Moscow, the artist meets Pushkin, paints portraits of writers A. K. Tolstoy and A. A. Perovsky.

In St. Petersburg, Bryullov’s paintings are quite popular. The artist receives many orders, makes a painting of the Lutheran Church on Nevsky Prospekt, as well as several paintings in St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

In 1849, the artist’s health deteriorated, he went on vacation to the island of Madeira, traveling in Spain. The artist died in 1852 in the town of Manziana near Rome.

Some interesting facts about the artist:

Karl Brullov was deaf in his left ear, due to a severe slap in the face as a child from his father.

The artist liked to work under reading by ear.

In St. Petersburg, the artist did not undertake to paint portraits of Moscow officials. Refusing them, he said “you have your own excellent artist”, alluding to V. A. Tropinin.

Some of Bryullov’s paintings were completed by his students, such as the portrait of I. A. Krylov, the right part of the painting was completed by F. Goretsky’s students.

Brullov’s last work, “Portrait of the archaeologist Michelangelo Lanci”, was the first of Tretyakov’s purchased paintings.

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