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Title: New Rome
Artist: Mitusov Alexander
Size: 13.5x10.5x2.5
Size (inches): 5.25x4x1
Price : $950 SOLD!


Alexander Mitusov is an expert in depicting architectural scenes. Here he has chosen to paint his interpretation of the famous canvas-on-oil painting “ New Rome. Castle Sant'Angelo ” painted by the outstanding Russian landscape painter, Sylvester Shchedrin (1791-1830), in 1825 . This masterpiece is exhibited in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
Sylvestr Shchedrin was born in St. Petersburg into the family of the famous sculptor Feodosiy Shchedrin, rector of the Imperial Academy of Arts. The landscape painter, Semion Shchedrin, was his uncle. In 1800, Sylvester Shchedrin entered the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, where he studied landscape painting. In 1811 he graduated from the Academy with several awards including the Large Gold Medal for his painting "The View from the Petrovsky Island" that gave him a scholarship to study abroad. Sylvester left for Italy in 1818, delayed due to the Napoleonic Wars. In Italy he went to Naples to paint watacolrs ordered by Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich of Russia, and studied art in Rome. The biggest achievement of that period was the painting "New Rome. Castle Sant'Angelo". It was such a great success that he has painted many variations of the painting, each from a slightly different angle and with different details.
The scene is painted in dark tones of oils. A shining piece of mother-of-pearl is set into the river. The box's exterior imitates the coloring of grey marble (the exterior is covered with blue, grey and green blurry spots); the interior is traditionally red. The scene is framed with elegant silver scan patterns; silver scan patterns can be also found wrapping around the box's sides.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. A hinge has been fastened to the top of the scene, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed with the artist's name, the village of Fedoskino, and the year of 2007.

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