Genrikh Semiradski

Genrikh Semiradski

Genrikh Semiradski was born in 1843 in the province of Kharkov. His father served in the royal army and was awarded the title of hereditary nobleman. The Pole's father was not against his son's artistic addiction, but he did not consider it a serious activity, so he insisted on teaching his son the natural sciences.

Following his father's will and having studied at the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics of Kharkov University, in 1864, the young man went to the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1864 against the will of his parents. Heinrich was only recruited as a volunteer because he was not fit for formal age training (accepted up to 20 years). However, silver medals during his first years of study helped him to acquire student status.

In 1868, Semiradsky won the Small Gold Medal Contest, bypassing his companion's Diogenes Cup. And two years later, he was awarded a large gold medal and the opportunity for a six-year free business trip abroad for the work of Alexander the Great on Dr. Philip's Trust.

Over the years of his creative work, the artist has established himself as a clear adherent of academic painting. Without changing his convictions for the rest of his life, he manages to succeed both in Russia and abroad. Although he moved to Italy, Semiradsky continued to work with the Academy of Arts and in the 1870s received the title of Academician and then Professor. At the same time, the artist was selected as a member of the Fine Arts Academies in several countries at one time, including Italy.

The master writes mainly on the historical themes of ancient Greece or Rome, touches on a religious theme, creates idylls, portraits and landscapes. Among his most famous works are: "The Lights of Christianity", "Christ and the Sinner", "Christ at Martha and Mary", "Sword Dance" and others.

Heinrich Ipolitovich died in 1902 at the age of 58 of cancer. His ashes are buried in the Tomb of the Great Poles.