Maykov Niсkolay Apollonovich (1794– 1873).
After graduating from the cadet corps, Nickolay Maykov fought in the Napoleonic war of 1812. He learned to draw by himself, copied paintings of famous artists in Moscow and sketched from nature. Then he moved to St. Petersburg, where he was noticed by Nicolas I. The emperor commissioned him to paint a series of saints’ images for the Trinity church of the Izmailovsky regiment, and for this work Maykov was made full member of the Academy of Arts in 1835. He designed icons for the St. Isaac’s Cathedral iconostasis and for other churches in Moscow, St. Petersburg and provincial cities. Among his major works are the plafonds and medallions in princess Yusupova’s house in Liteyny avenue in St. Petersburg. He also painted numerous portraits and had a predilection for women’s heads and nudes.
Maykov’s works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, in museums of Yaroslavl, Ryazan and other significant art collections.
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