Famous dynasties of artists

Portrait of A. A. Lazareva, 1769, Ivan Petrovich Argunov.
Portrait of A. A. Lazareva, 1769, Ivan Petrovich Argunov.

Russia has long been famous for its talented people. Therefore, it is understandable that skill was passed on from father to son. However, dynasties of artists stand on a separate level.

Argunovs. Famous dynasties of artists.

Fedor Rokotov. Ivan Argunov. Painting Portrait of Catherine II, 176
Fedor Rokotov. Ivan Argunov. Painting Portrait of Catherine II, 176. Famous dynasties of artists.

The founder of the family is portrait painter Ivan Petrovich Argunov, who learned painting from his cousin Fyodor Semenovich, an architect and master of landscape decoration (now he would be called a landscape designer). Fyodor Argunov participated in the construction of the Sheremetyevsky House in Ostankino, the creation of a park complex in Kuskovo; supervised the construction of an Italian house, a stone “Grotto”. Ivan Petrovich’s sons – Nikolai and Yakov and Pavel – followed in their father’s and uncle’s footsteps, learning from them the secrets of creative crafts. As a result, Pavel Ivanovich became an architect, and Nikolai and Yakov became painters.

Kolokolnikovs

Famous dynasties of artists Mikhail Kolokolnikov Voronin, self portrait with his wife and son.
Mikhail Kolokolnikov Voronin, self portrait with his wife and son. Famous dynasties of artists.

The most famous in this dynasty were Mina and his younger brother Mikhail Kolokolnikov-Voronin. The first was a magnificent portrait painter, the second an icon painter (his brushes belonged to the paintings in the St. Petersburg Church of the Savior on Sennaya). Mikhail and Mina had three more brothers – two Ivans (with the distinctive nicknames Big and Small) and Fedot. They are less known, but they mastered the art of painting and icon painting just as masterfully. Mikhail Lukich’s son Yakov, having inherited the family gift, created extraordinary icons, portraits, and everyday scenes. He was also a first-class actor, he organized a theater where he played with enthusiasm. Artistic abilities were also passed on to Yakov Mikhailovich’s three sons – Misha, Ivan and Alexander. Granddaughter Valentina became famous as a children’s writer.

Bryullovs

Famous dynasties of artists Karl Bryullov. Painting Portrait of Countess Samoilova with a pupil and arapcheon, 1834
Karl Bryullov. Painting Portrait of Countess Samoilova with a pupil and arapcheon, 1834

The Brullot family moved to Russia from France and discovered their talents here. The ending “v” was added to the surname with the permission of the emperor only by Karl and his older brother Alexander. The rest of the family preferred to stay with the French version. The founder of the dynasty was Georg Bryullo, the great-grandfather of Karl Bryullov. He was an ornamental sculptor at the Imperial Porcelain Factory. Georg’s son Johann (Ivan) was also a sculptor. In turn, Johann’s son Paul (Paul) was a sculptor and miniature painter.

Painting “Portrait of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna with her daughter Maria”, 1830.
Portrait of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna with her daughter Maria” by Karl Pavlovich Bryullov, 1830.

Paul’s four sons – Alexander, Fedor, Ivan and Karl – inherited artistic talent, and his daughter Yulia became the wife of the artist Pyotr Sokolov. Karl Bryullov, the most famous painter from this dynasty, unfortunately, did not leave any heirs. But his brother Alexander has plenty of them: almost all of his children (with the exception of three who died in early childhood) and grandchildren were related to the fine arts.

Makovskys
Famous dynasties of artists Konstantin Makovsky. Painting Portrait of V. A. Volkonskaya, 1884
Konstantin Makovsky. Painting Portrait of V. A. Volkonskaya, 1884

The name of Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky is known throughout the world. However, his brothers Nikolai and Vladimir had no less talent, and his sister Alexandra is considered the first Russian female artist. The father of the family, Yegor Ivanovich Makovsky, was the founder of the “natural class”, which gradually turned into a school of painting and sculpture, so it is not surprising that his children inherited talent. It is known that Konstantin Makovsky’s daughter Elena and son Alexander also became painters, and son Sergei went into poetry and publishing.

Famous dynasties of artists Konstantin Makovsky. Painting Little Organ Grinders, 1868
Konstantin Makovsky. Painting Little Organ Grinders, 1868.
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