Rokotov Fedor Stepanovich
- one of the best Russian portrait painters, was born in the thirties of the XVIII century, died in 1810.
Receiving art education under the leadership of AL-G. Le Lorrain and gr. P. de Rotary, worked in the manner of the latter, but the more he delved into nature, and was diligent in the performance. In 1762 he was admitted to the newly established St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts assistant professor for giving her the painting "Venus" and a portrait of Emperor Peter III.
Already enjoyed popularity in St. Petersburg high society, which came to the throne of Catherine II. She asked him in 1763 to write her portrait, for which he gave seances at Peterhof, the portrait depicting the Empress full-length, in profile, in the beautiful architectural environment was presented to gr. G. Orloff and is currently in the Gatchina Palace. Another portrait of the great monarch, explained, was written by P. also from nature (probably in Moscow in 1765). Catherine remained very satisfied with them, finding that he - "most similar". He was granted her the Academy of Sciences, which is stored and still. There are many repetitions of this portrait, both precise and with minor changes to the accessories, most of them attributed to the very P
. Besides these two images of Catherine, . from under the hand of a talented painter, has undergone several portraits of Peter III (one - in the Moscow Armory, . two - in the Gatchina Palace) and the Tsarevich Paul Petrovich (the best - in the same palace) and a lot of portraits of eminent persons Yekateryninska era, . including I.I,
. Shuvalov, Count. G. Orlova, A. A. and BA. Kurakins, LI. Bibikova, PG. Demidova, GN. Teplova etc.. A. NE.
- Detailed Biography V. S. Rokotov and a selection of his paintings on the portal "Culture of Russia".