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Silvestr Shchedrin – landscape painter

Silvestr Shchedrin. Self-portrait

Silvestr Shchedrin. Self-portrait

Silvestr Shchedrin (1791-1830) was an outstanding Russian artist, landscape painter, a representative of the Romantic Movement in art.
Shchedrin was twenty-seven years old when he went to Italy. His family was a kind of artistic dynasty. Silvester was a son of the famous sculptor and a nephew of painter Semyon Shchedrin. He could be successful in the St. Petersburg art environment. But Italy was the country of classic art, where he could learn a lot and test his talent. And it happened so that Shchedrin stayed in Italy until the end of his short life. He fell in love with the country, but he remained a Russian man, the artist who thought about the future of Russian art. His name is mentioned among the most important representatives of Russian art.

Uncle Semyon gave the young Silvestr his first lessons. He took him to the Hermitage. Later Shchedrin studied at the Academy and graduated it with a gold medal in 1811. His graduation piece was the landscape View from Petrovsky Island in St. Petersburg.
In 1818 he was among the first four pensioners to be sent to Italy. He settled in Rome and was attracted by the Colosseum. Portrait of a building, with its powerful architectural forms and distinctive stonework, was excellently conveyed.
In landscape Lake Albano in the Outskirts of Rome the water gleams with silver, while the verdure seems airy and suffused with pink sunlight.
His seascapes are very poetic. Shchedrin described the colorful life on the seafronts, carnivals, and the scenery of southern Italy. . .
In Naples Shchedrin made friends with Karl Bryullov and Konstantin Batyushkov. Together with Orest Kiprensky he worked on a portrait of A. M. Golitsyn.
Shchedrin gained popularity in Italy and his landscapes sold well.
His last letters from Italy were full of hopes for a recovery from illness and for a return home. But he never did return to his homeland.
Shchedrin died in October 1830. A monument by S. Galberg was erected on his grave in Sorrento.

Waterfront of Santa Lucia in Naples

Waterfront of Santa Lucia in Naples. 1820

K. P. Bryullov. Portrait of S. F. Shchedrin

K. P. Bryullov. Portrait of S. F. Shchedrin

Silvestr Shchedrin – landscape painter