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Monday, February 25, 2013

Mihaly Zichy, (Hungarian artist, 1827–1906)


Mihaly Zichy was a significant representative of Hungarian romantic painting. During his law studies in Pest from 1842, he attended Jakab Marastoni's school as well. In Vienna he was Waldmüller's pupil in 1844. "Lifeboat", his first major work, comes from this time. On Waldmüller's recommendation, he became an art teacher in St. Petersburg. He swore allegiance to freedom by painting the portrait of Lajos Batthyány, the first Hungarian prime minister, in 1849. From 1850 onwards, he worked as a retoucher, but he also did pencil drawings, water colours and portraits in oil. The series on the Gatchina hunting ordered by the Russian tsar raised him to a court artist. He founded a society to support painters in need. "Autodafé" on the horrors of Spanish inquisition was painted in 1868. He travelled around Europe in 1871, and settled down in Paris in 1874. Died in St Petersburg and buried at Kerepesi Cemetery in Budapest
Introduction of Grand Princess Maria Alexandrovna to Shah Nasir al-Din in the Winter Palace
Portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna, the Dowager Empress Alexandra Fiodorovna and Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna


Celebration of the Day of St Geoerge in the Winter Palace on 26 November 1887
Alexander II with His Retinue in the Arsenal Hall of the Gatchina Palace
Fancy-Dress Ball in the Palace of Princess Yelena Kochubei in Honour of Emperor Alexander II on 5 February 1865
Ball in Honour of Alexander II Arranged in Helsingfors in September 1863 on the Premises of the Railway Station
Ball in the Concert Hall of the Winter Palace during the Official Visit of Nasir al-Din Shah in May 1873
Breakfast of Emperors Alexander II and William I in the Winter Palace
Ceremonial Dinner in the Concert Hall of the Winter Palace on the Occasionof of German Emperor William I's Visit to St Petersburg
Ceremonial Dinner in the Faceted Chamber
Congratulations to Alexander II from the Corps Diplomatique on 1 January 1863
Coronation of Alexander II in the Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin on 26 August 1856
Alexander II and Nasir al-Din Shah on a Parade in the Tsaritsyn Meadow
Alexander II with a Group of the Military at the Table in the Gothic Interior
Horse Guardsmen Meeting Nasir al Din, Shah of Persia
Parade in front of the Anichkov Palace on 26 February 1870

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