Dmitry Grigoryevich Levitzky (Russian: Дмитрий Григорьевич Левицкий) was a Russian portrait painter of the 18th and 19th centuries. The creative potential of this artist amazed his contemporaries and aroused the admiration of his followers. Dmitry Levitzky was equally good at ceremonial portraits and warmly heartfelt images. Levitzky's creativity is distinguished by expressive coloring, precisely calculated composition, plasticity almost sculptural forms and subtle play of color on the textured fabrics and objects of the era.
Dmitry Levitzky was born in Kiev in the family of a priest, engraver and painter. He studied fine art with his father. A major role in his career also played a famous painter of the time Alexei Antropov, whom Levitzky assisted in the painting of St. Andrew's Church in Kiev. He took the young artist to St. Petersburg, where Levitzky gained fame a few years later. He painted portraits of the highest-ranking people in the state, including the empress. Levitzky also obtained a high position in the Imperial Academy of Arts.
Characteristic features of Levitsky's work: generational portraits, bringing the image closer to the viewer; "speaking" environment; different painting techniques - from baroque to classicism; realistic appearance of heroes.
Dmitry Levitzky left a bright trace in the history of art. The painter first approached the portrayal of man as a person with all the diversity of his character. Levitzky's work inspired subsequent generations of Russian artists.
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