1757, Glukhov - 1773 St Petersburg

Vladimir and Rogneda


  • oil on canvas. 211,5 x 177,5
  • Ж-4975

  • Received in 1923

Anton Losenko was elected to the Academy and appointed adjunct professor for this work in 1770. It was painted for a programme given to students of the Imperial Academy of Arts on 4 October 1769:

«Consolidating his hold on Novgorod, Prince Vladimir commands Prince Rogvold of Polotsk to givehim his daughter Rogneda in marriage; angered by Rogneda’s refusal, Vladimir gathers his forces, takes the capital of Polotsk by force, kills Rogvold and his two sons and forcibly marries the proud Rogneda.» Russian Museum: From Icons to the Modern Times. Palace Editions, St Petersburg, 2015. P. 80.

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