Lot 434
  • 434

Attributed to Henri Ippolitovich Semiradsky

50,000 - 70,000 GBP
97,250 GBP
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  • Henri Ippolitovich Semiradsky
  • Following the examples of gods
  • bears signature in Latin and inscription Roma l.l.
  • oil on canvas

Catalogue Note

Henryk Semiradsky is considered amongst Russia's greatest Salon painters. Although he initially trained for a scientific career in his native Ukraine, he moved to Saint Petersburg on graduating from Kharkov Universtiy and enrolled at the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1864. He was awarded a gold medal as well as a grant to study in Munich under Karl von Piloty. In 1873 he became an Academician for his painting Christ and the Sinner.

Following the Examples of the Gods was first shown in public in 1879 to much acclaim and the artist was subsequently commissioned to produce a number of versions which differ in size and vary in certain details. Some of the best-know versions are in the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe selo, the National Gallery of Armenia and Lvov Art Museum (fig.1).