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Apple Bullseye: Famous Russian Dynasties of Artists

The best representatives of art dynasties.

The Russian land has always been rich in talented people. Writers and poets, sculptors and artists, along with enlighteners and scientists, made up the glory and pride of Russia. It is not surprising that mastery in any field was passed down from generation to generation. A separate line is among the creative dynasties of the family of artists who presented their paintings to grateful descendants for many years.

Initially, the family of serf Argunov belonged to Count Cherkassky, and then went to Count Sheremetyev as a dowry of his daughter, Varvara Alekseevna.

The founder of the dynasty is Ivan Argunov, a portrait painter. Although he himself studied painting in the family, with a cousin Fyodor Argunov. Fedor Semenovich was a talented architect and even a landscape designer. With his participation, the Sheremetyevs’ house was built on the Fontanka, then a park in Kuskovo was set up. There, under his leadership, a unique stone greenhouse was built, a pavilion called “Grotto” and an Italian house.

Three sons of Ivan Argunov, Pavel, Jacob and Nikolai, took over the secrets of the craft from their father and uncle. Subsequently, Paul became an architect, Jacob and Nikolai – painters. Later, Pavel continued his studies with the architect and artist Bazhenov, created amazing interiors, and under his supervision the Sheremetyev Palace-Theater in Ostankino was built.

Nikolai studied the art of painting in St. Petersburg, since 1997 he had the right to copy paintings in the Hermitage. Subsequently, he became an academician at the Academy of Arts.

Mina Lukich Kolokolnikov and Mikhail Lukich Kolokolnikov-Voronin became the founders of the dynasty of Russian artists descended from the monastery peasants. Mina Lukich was a talented portrait painter, and Mikhail Lukich became famous as an icon painter. He painted the Church of the Savior on Sennaya in St. Petersburg. The brothers Mina and Mikhail, Ivan the Great, Ivan Menshoy and Fedot also owned the art of painting, painted icons.

Yakov Mikhailovich Kolokolnikov-Voronin continued the dynasty of his father and his brothers. Stunning portraits, icons and genre drawings came out from under his hands, and from his sketches the unique gates of the man’s monastery on Stolobnoy Island were made. At the same time, he also possessed an acting gift, subsequently founded the theater, where he took part in productions with pleasure.

The sons of Yakov Mikhailovich Mikhail, Alexander and Ivan also painted, and the granddaughter of Valentina discovered a talent for writing in herself, became famous as the author of graphic essays and works for children.

This family came from France, but it was in Russia that they revealed their talents and became famous as artists. Later, the letter “c” joined the French surname of Alexander and Karl Bryullo by the highest request of the emperor himself. At the same time, all other representatives of the family, except Alexander, Karl and their heirs, continued to bear the French surname.

Georg Brullo arrived in St. Petersburg to work as a sculptor at the Imperial Porcelain Factory. Pavel Bryulo, the grandson of the founder of the Russian branch of the dynasty, worked equally successfully both in painting and in sculpture. His sons, Fedor, Karl and Alexander were equally talented.

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