• Self Portrait

    Artist:
    Quadal, Martin Ferdinand. 1736-1808
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    74х57 cm

Quadal, Martin Ferdinand. 1736-1808

Self Portrait

Czech Republic, 1798

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Self Portrait

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

74х57 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1919; purchased from N.V. Shumilov

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-3537

Comment:

The painter Quadal was born in Moravia, was trained in Vienna and Paris. He was known to be one of the pupils of François Boucher in 1767. He worked at the court of many European monarchs, including England, Italy, Holland and Poland. From 1797 he worked in Russia. It was here that he produced the painting ‘The Coronation of Paul I and Maria Feodorovna’ (1798, The State Russian Museum). The painter won particular fame after he organized the exhibition of his works in the ‘tente pittoresque’ on Nevsky Prospekt. Shortly afterwards, in 1804, he was admitted as a member of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts. Quadal’s portrait was exhibited in 1803, but it is hard to identify it with the one currently displayed in the Hermitage. According to Ernst, the painter’s self portraits were kept at the Rumyantsev Museum and Princess M.P. Dolgorukova’s collection in Moscow [Ernst 1916].

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