Vasily Demut-Malinovsky

Vasily Ivanovich Demuth-Malinovsky (1779 – July 16, 1846) was a Russian sculptor whose works represent the quintessence of the Empire style.

Vasily Demut-Malinovsky
Василий Иванович Демут-Малиновский
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Born(1778-03-02)March 2, 1778
DiedJuly 16, 1846(1846-07-16) (aged 68)
EducationMember Academy of Arts (1807)[1]
Alma materImperial Academy of Arts (1800)[1]
Known forSculpture
Awards(1800)[1] (1802)[1]

He entered the Imperial Academy of Arts at the age of six and studied under Mikhail Kozlovsky for fifteen years. Upon the death of his teacher, he won a competition to design his tomb and departed for Rome to study with Canova. Success came to him with two colossal statues for the Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburg.[1]

In the aftermath of the Russian victory over Napoleon, Demuth-Malinovsky executed a number of patriotic pieces, including a tomb and a large statue of Barclay de Tolly in Estonia. Later Alexander I assigned to him the task of preparing bas-reliefs symbolizing the Neva and the Volga for the Alexander Column on Palace Square.

Demuth-Malinovsky also designed statuary and decorations for other St Petersburg churches, palaces, and public monuments, especially those designed by Carlo Rossi: the General Staff Building, the Bourse, the Admiralty, the Mining Institute, the Egyptian Gate, the Narva Gate, and the Mikhailovsky Palace.



  1. ^ a b c d e Directory of the Imperial Academy of Arts 1915, p. 251.


  • С. Н. Кондаков (1915). Юбилейный справочник Императорской Академии художеств. 1764-1914 (in Russian). 2. p. 251.