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  • Portrait of P.S. Masiukov, Staff Captain of the Life-Guards Hussar Regiment

    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    81,5x61,5 cm

Portrait of P.S. Masiukov, Staff Captain of the Life-Guards Hussar Regiment

Russia, 1817

Pavel Semionovich Masiukov (1793–1864) was an officer of the Life-Guards Hussar Regiment. He participated in the Patriotic War that followed Napoleon’s invasion in 1812 and the subsequent foreign campaigns of 1813–14. In 1820 he retired with the rank of colonel. In 1835–41, 1853–56 and from 1862 to his death he was the Marshal of the Nobility in the Gadiach district of Ukraine. He was married to Princess Maria Alexandrovna Viazemskaya. This painting has had a complicated history regarding its attribution. In her 1975 monograph about Borovikovsky, the eminent researcher of Russian art Tatiana Alexeyeva placed this portrait in the section “Works erroneously attributed to Borovikovsky”, despite there being an inscription on the back of the canvas attesting to its being by him. Nevertheless, Irina Kotlenikova, the keeper of the portrait, continued to consider it to be by the artist. That assumption has been confirmed in the Hermitage’s Department for Scientific and Technical Examination, where the attribution to Borovikovsky was corroborated by examination of the poorly preserved artist’s signature read in reflected infrared light.

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Portrait of P.S. Masiukov, Staff Captain of the Life-Guards Hussar Regiment

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oil

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81,5x61,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1963; transferred to the Museum in accordance with the will of A.I. Korsun, staff member of the Central Library of the State Hermitage

Inventory Number:

ЭРЖ-2619

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