Nikolai Pimenov

Born: 1812, St Petersburg
Died: 1864, St Petersburg

Sculptor, painter, draughtsman, teacher. Eldest son of Russian Neoclassical sculptor Stepan Pimenov (1784–1833). Born in St Petersburg (1812). Studied under Stepan Pimenov and Samuel-Friedrich Halberg at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1824–37). Designed the statues of Law and Justice for the Senate and Synod in St Petersburg (1833). Awarded the title of class artist and a minor gold medal (1833) and a major gold medal (1836). Fellow of the Imperial Academy of Arts in Rome and Florence (1837–50). Academician (1844). Returned to St Petersburg (1850), where he sculpted The Transfiguration and The Resurrection for the lesser iconostasis in St Isaac’s Cathedral (1854). Professor of sculpture (1854). Taught at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1855–64). Designed unsurviving statues of Prince Mikhail Vorontsov in Tiflis (1864) and Admiral Mikhail Lazarev in Sebastopole (1867). Died in St Petersburg and buried alongside his father at the Smolensk Cemetery (1864), reburied at the Tikhvin Cemetery in the St Alexander Nevsky Monastery (1936). Contributed to exhibitions, including the International Exhibition in London (1862), Jesus Christ in Christian Art and Culture (14th to 20th Centuries) at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2000) and St Petersburg: A Portrait of the City and its Citizens at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2003).

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