Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/12

“December 12, 1799” by Rick Sanders

The Last Day of Pompeii.

The Last Day of Pompeii. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Karl Bryullov The Roman Forum, 1836, watercolour.

Karl Bryullov The Roman Forum, 1836, watercolour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Karl Bryullov (Bryullo) - Вирсавия - Google Ar...

Karl Bryullov (Bryullo) – Вирсавия – Google Art Project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Self-portrait (1848)

Self-portrait (1848) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is 1799. Karl Briullov, the Russian painter is born on this date. He later dies in 1852. Here is the biography from Wikipedia:

Karl Bryullov was born on December, 12th (23), 1799 in St. Petersburg,[1] in a family of the academician, the wood-carver and engraver Pavel Ivanovich Briullo (Brulleau, 1760—1833). He felt drawn to Italy from his early years. Despite his education at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1809–1821), Bryullov never fully embraced the classical style taught by his mentors and promoted by his brother, Alexander Bryullov. After distinguishing himself as a promising and imaginative student and finishing his education, he left Russia for Rome where he worked until 1835 as a portraitist and genre painter, though his fame as an artist came when he began doing historical painting.

His best-known work, The Last Day of Pompeii (1830–1833), is a vast composition compared by Pushkin and Gogol to the best works of Rubens and Van Dyck. It created a sensation in Italy and established Briullov as one of the finest European painters of his day. After completing this work, he triumphantly returned to the Russian capital, where he made many friends among the aristocracy and intellectual elite and obtained a high post in the Imperial Academy of Arts.


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