Dmitry Grigoryevich Levitsky (Russian: Дмитрий Григорьевич Левицкий, Ukrainian: Дмитро Григорович Левицький; May 1735 – 17 April 1822) was a Russian[1][2][3][4] Imperial artist and portrait painter of Ukrainian Cossack descent[5].

Dmitry Levitzky
Дмитрий Григорьевич Левицкий
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DiedApril 4, 1822(1822-04-04) (aged 86–87)
EducationMember Academy of Arts (1770)
Alma materImperial Academy of Arts (1769)
Known forPainting


Dmitry Levytsky was born in Kiev, Cossack Hetmanate, Russian Empire in a family of Ukrainian clergyman and engraver Gregory Levitsky. His father was his first art teacher. Later he became a pupil of Russian artist Aleksey Antropov who came to Kiev to paint the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

In 1770, Levitzky became famous as a portrait painter after the exhibition of six of his portraits in the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. For the portrait of Alexander Kokorinov, Director and First Rector of the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg (1769) he was elected an academician and appointed the Professor of the portrait painting class at the Academy of Arts. He remained on this position until 1788.

In 1772–1776 Levitzky worked on a series of portraits of the pupils of the privileged women establishment Smolny Institute for Young Ladies in St. Petersburg commissioned by Catherine II. The girls are depicted performing dances, music, plays.

Though Levitzky had many commissions, they were, in most cases, poorly paid, and the painter died in poverty in 1822.


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  1. ^ Bird, Alan: A history of Russian painting. Phaidon, 1987. P. 52.
  2. ^ Dmitry Grigoryevich Levitsky (Great Russian Encyclopedia)
  3. ^ Dmitry Grigoryevich Levitsky (Encyclopedia Krugosvet)
  4. ^ Dmitry Grigoryevich Levitsky (Short Biographical Encyclopedia)
  5. ^
    • Sarabianov, Andrei D. "Dmitry Grigoryevich Levitsky". Encyclopædia Britannica.
    • Richardson, Dan (2001). The Rough Guide to Moscow. Rough Guides. p. 242. ISBN 9781858287003.

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