1798, St Petersburg -1877, St Petersburg



Architect A. P. Brullov brilliantly mastered the technique of watercolours. Portraits performed by him are easy and exquisite in colour, delicate in drawing. Usually the artist began their performance with a quick but fairly detailed pencil sketch, over which he painted with a brush. The paper usually shone through a thin layer of watercolours, giving lightness to the whole image.

The inscription on the stone indicates the years of the artist’s stay in Italy — 1823–1826, which were followed by a break, when Brullov was in France, and return to Italy in 1830, marked by the creation of a self-portrait, a kind of a declaration of love to this country.

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