Portrait of a floor hetman - Ivan Nikitich Nikitin. 76x60
Ivan Nikitich Nikitin (circa 1680 - not earlier than 1742) is one of the founders of Russian secular painting. Until the 18th century, the pictorial tradition in Russia took shape exclusively in line with iconography. Nikitin, a priest’s son by birth, became the favorite court painter (as he was called at that time, the “hoffmiler”) of Peter I and was sent to study in Italy. His brushes belong to portraits of many prominent statesmen of the Petrine era. After the death of the patron emperor, the fate of the artist was unsuccessful. In 1732, according to a denunciation, he was first imprisoned in the Peter and Paul Fortress, and then exiled to Tobolsk.
Portrait of a floor hetman - A unique example of the image of a man of the XVIII century without the wig customary for the era, embroidered with gold camisole. The image of a brave warriors appears before the viewer. With a stern look, an expression of the tired face of his hero, the artist conveys his biography.