Portrait P. AND. Demidova, Levitsky – overview

Portrait P. AND. Demidova, Levitsky – overview
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  • Author: Levitsky Dmitry Grigoryevich
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1773

Overview of the painting :

Portrait P. AND. Demidova – Levitsky Dmitry Grigoryevich. 1773. Oil on canvas. 166×222.6

   Master of the front and chamber portrait of D. G. Levitsky portrayed Prokofiy Akinfievich Demidov (1710-1786), the son of the Ural mining company, associate Peter I A. N. Demidova, a philanthropist and philanthropist, guardian of the Moscow Educational House, at which he founded the Commercial School. Behind the external simplicity and eccentricity was the powerful mind of Demidov – a man who advocated universal education, independent of class.

   In a work combining the features of ceremonial and chamber portraits, Levitsky widely uses the language of allegory and allegory to convey the idea: each person can bring great benefit to society without taking public office.