St. Petersburg through the eyes of Russian artists

Konstantin Makovsky
The Imperial capital used to attract painters from all over Russia and all of them praised the beauty of its palaces, embankments and cathedrals on their canvases.

Fedor Alexeyev. View of the Mikhailovsky Castle in St. Petersburg from the Fontanka River, 1800 

Fedor Alexeyev. View of the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, 19th century

Alexander Bryullov. Sennaya Square, St. Petersburg, 1822

Maxim Vorobiev. The Peter and Paul Fortress, late 1820s - early 1830s 

Maxim Vorobiev. St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Monument to Peter the Great, 1844

Konstantin Makovsky. A St. Petersburg courtyard, 1850

Ivan Shishkin. Alley of the Summer Garden in St. Petersburg, 1869

Vasily Surikov. The Bronze Horseman, 1870

Vasily Surikov. An evening in St. Petersburg, 1871

Alexander Beggrov. View of the Neva River and the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, 1879

Alexander Bogolyubov. View of the Lebyazhyeva Canal looking towards the Mikhailovsky Castle, 1880

Alexander Beggrov. Evening on Nevsky Prospekt, 1882

Ivan Aivazovsky. View of downtown St. Petersburg, 1888

Ivan Aivazovsky. St. Isaac’s Cathedral on a frosty day, 1891

Ilya Repin. On Palace Square in St. Petersburg, 1905

Alexandre Benois. Maslenitsa in St. Petersburg, A fragment of a scene set sketch. 1911

Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva. St. Petersburg. The Kryukov Canal, 1910

Isaac Brodsky. May 1 demonstration on Prospekt of October, 25, 1934

Vladimir Konashevich. Roofs. Geslerovsky [now Chkalovsky] Prospekt, 1941

Lyudmila Ronchevskaya. Leningrad under the Siege, 1942

Nikolai Byliev-Protopopov. By the Bronze Horseman in winter. To the Neva river for Water, 1941–1942

Vasily Kuchumov. People Head Up for Water, 1942

Vyacheslav Pakulin. Victory Celebrations on Nevsky Prospekt, 1945

Andrei Bantikov. The Hermitage’s Courtyard, 1960s 

Viktor Shustrov. Leningrad. Truda [Labor] Square, 1983

Igor Suvorov. Griboyedov Canal, 1985

Igor Suvorov. Nevsky Prospekt, 2007

Alexander Florensky. View from My Window, 2020

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