Ivan Luchaninov

Born: 1781, Toropets (Pskov Province)
Died: 1824, St Petersburg

Painter. Born in the town of Toropets in Pskov Province (now Tver Region) in the family of a prosperous merchant called Vasily Luchaninov (1781). Studied under Stepan Schukin and Alexander Warnek at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1809–12). Painted pictures for the Kazan Cathedral (before 1812). Awarded a major gold medal and a foreign fellowship (1812), but prevented from travelling abroad by the Napoleonic Wars. Academician (1812). Worked at the Imperial Hermitage, where he copied works by Old Masters and fulfilled commissions for Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna (from 1812). Died in St Petersburg (1824). Contributed to exhibitions at the Imperial Academy of Arts.

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