Konstantin Flavitsky

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Konstantin Flavitsky
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Konstantin Flavitsky (1866). Portrait by Fyodor Bronnikov
Native name
Константин Дмитриевич Флавицкий
Born(1830-09-13)September 13, 1830
DiedSeptember 3, 1866(1866-09-03) (aged 35)
ResidenceRussian Empire
EducationProfessor by rank (1864)
Alma materImperial Academy of Arts (1855)[1]
Known forPainting

Konstantin Dmitriyevich Flavitsky (Russian: Константин Дмитриевич Флавицкий) (September 13(25), 1830 – September 3(15), 1866) was a Russian painter.


Art education in the Imperial Academy of Arts. Student Professor F. A. Bruni. Received silver medals from the Academy for drawings and sketches from life. In 1854, he was awarded a small gold medal for his painting The Court of Solomon, he graduated from the academic course (1855), receiving the title of the artist. He received a large gold medal from the Academy of Fine Arts for the program “Jacob’s Children Sell His Brother Joseph”. Traveled to Italy (1856-1862) as a pensioner of the Academy.

He returned to Russia in 1862; the following year, he was recognized as an honorary free member of the Academy for the large painting "Christian Martyrs in the Colosseum", made in Rome. At the exhibition in 1864, the painting Death of Princess Tarakanova brought him the title of professor at the Academy of Arts and attracted the attention of art lovers and the public.

The artist died at the age of 35, his health was severely undermined by consumption. The disease developed in the conditions of the St. Petersburg climate.

His most famous painting is Princess Tarakanova, in the Peter and Paul Fortress at the Time of the Flood based on the legend of the death of Yelizaveta Alekseyevna Tarakanova, the daughter of Aleksey Grigorievich Razumovsky and Elizabeth of Russia in her prison cellar during the flood in Saint Petersburg.

"In his art Konstantin Flavitsky adhered to classical traditions, the principles bequeathed by K.P.Bryullov, his creative heritage is not extensive and he is known primarily as the author of the painting Princess Tarakanova. The work is based on a legend from Russian history according to which Princess Tarakanova, who said she was the daughter of Empress Elizabeth and Alexei Razumovsky and laid claim to the Russian throne in Catherine the Great's reign, died in the Peter and Paul Fortress during the flood of 1777. Flavitsky depicts with great tragic power the suffering of this young woman facing certain death in a gloomy dungeon flooded with water, depicting her helplessness and despair most expressively."[2]



  1. ^ a b Directory of the Imperial Academy of Arts 1915, p. 208.
  2. ^ Masterpieces of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Red Square Publishers, ISBN 978-5-900743-36-3.

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