Leon Benois (Russian: Леонтий Николаевич Бенуа; 1856 in Peterhof – 1928 in Leningrad) was a Russian architect from the Benois family.

Leon Benois
Леонтий Николаевич Бенуа
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Leon Benois (before 1917)
Born(1856-08-11)11 August 1856
Died8 February 1928(1928-02-08) (aged 71)
EducationMember Academy of Arts (1885)
Professor by rank (1892)
Full Member Academy of Arts (1893)
Alma materImperial Academy of Arts (1879)
Known forArchitecture
AwardsBig Gold Medal of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1879)

BiographyEdit

He was the son of architect Nicholas Benois, the brother of artists Alexandre Benois and Albert Benois. He built the Roman Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame in St Petersburg, the mausoleum of the Grand Dukes of Russia in the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Russian Chapel in Darmstadt, and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Warsaw, among many other works. Benois served as Dean of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1903–06, 1911–17) and edited the architecture magazine Zodchii. He gave his name to Leonardo da Vinci's painting Benois Madonna which he inherited from his father-in-law and presented to the Hermitage Museum. The painter Nadia Benois was his daughter, and the actor Sir Peter Ustinov was his grandson.

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