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Potapovich Chernov


Academician of historical painting, was born in 1768 and his art education has received in the Imp. Academy of Arts under P. Sokolov, and I. Akimova. The definition of the Council of the Academy on the 28th April, 1795, for the painting "the Prodigal son" (located in the art gallery Imp. Academy of fine Arts) Chernov awarded the title of "appointed" in academics; after this he is given a program to receive the title of academician; but, obviously, the academic theme this time did not satisfy the artist, and in February 1797, he shall notify the Council of the Academy that "due to various circumstances" he has not fulfilled. He is seeking new challenges, 2 April 1799, the Board determines to give him the following program: "Samson, thirst-quenching istekliu water from jaws, which he did smite the Philistines" (located in the art gallery Imp. Academy Of Fine Arts). This time the topic was performed, and Chernov 18 August 1800, awarded the title of academician of historical painting. In 1803, the Academy invites him to her art teacher for students of the second age. Then, from 1804 Chernov writes for the build at the time of the Kazan Cathedral a few icons, of which the undoubted advantages should be noted: "SV. Sergius," "the betrothal of Mary to Joseph", "Purification" and 6 images for the Royal doors to the right of the chapel. These works are the best of all the works of Chernov and promptly earned a lot of praise from both the Academy and well-known experts in Church painting, and in 1812 the works of the artist for the Kazan Cathedral was awarded and the Highest official of gratitude. Chernov died in St. Petersburg, 18 April 1817 (P. N. Petrov, "the Collection of materials for history of Imp. Acad. Hood.")

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