Zhivopisets (Russian: "Живописец", which may be translated as Painter) was a Russian weekly magazine, published by Nikolay Novikov[1] in Saint Petersburg from April 1772 to June 1773.[2]


Zhivopisets was notable for its political sharpness and variety of satirical genres. The magazine published Отрывок путешествия в*** И*** Т*** (A Fragment of a Journey to*** I*** T***) and Письма к Фалалею (Letters to Falaley), which contained harsh criticism of the Russian serfdom. Zhivopisets ridiculed a blind admiration with everything French, careerism, and vices of the gentry. The magazine was closed down by the authorities in 1773.


  1. ^ Gary Marker (14 July 2014). Publishing, Printing, and the Origins of the Intellectual Life in Russia, 1700-1800. Princeton University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-4008-5494-3. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  2. ^ Raffaella Faggionato (18 January 2006). A Rosicrucian Utopia in Eighteenth-Century Russia: The Masonic Circle of N.I. Novikov. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 270. ISBN 978-1-4020-3487-9. Retrieved 29 September 2015.