Andrei Ivanov

Born: 1775, Moscow
Died: 1848, St Petersburg

Painter, draughtsman, lithographer, teacher. Father of Alexander Ivanov and architect Sergei Ivanov (1822–1877). Born to unknown parents in Moscow (1775). Grew up at the Moscow Foundling Hospital (1778–82) and studied history painting under Grigory Ugryumov, Alexei Yegorov and Vasily Shebuyev at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1782–97). Won a major silver medal (1795), minor silver medal (1796) and a major gold medal and the title of fourteenth-class artist (1797). Awarded a foreign fellowship (1797), but declined the offer to marry Ekaterina Demmert, daughter of the master of a German gold appliqué workshop (1800). Taught drawing at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1798–1831), assistant professor (1806), professor (1812), senior professor (1821). Member of the Free Society of Lovers of the Letters, Sciences and Arts (1802). Academician of history painting (1803), councillor (1806). Expelled from the Imperial Academy of Arts by Tsar Nicholas I (1831), who disliked the subject of his painting The Death of General Kulnev (1827–30). Painted icons for St Michael’s Castle (1800), Kazan Cathedral (1804–12), Church of the Presentation at the Russian Embassy in Peking (1823), Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour in St Petersburg (1826–30), St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Warsaw (1835–36), Zion Cathedral in Tiflis (1836–37) and St Catherine’s Chapel at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1837–38). Died of cholera in St Petersburg (1848).

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