|Briullov's Self Portrait|
From the early years of his life, Bryullov was attracted to Italy, a magnetic pull he felt throughout his life, and upon finishing his education at the Academy, he left for Rome, where he worked as mainly as a portraitist. Later on, he began painting massive and epic historical paintings that brought him fame during his lifetime. His most famous historical masterpiece is The Last Day of Pompeii, painted between 1830 and 1833. Once he gained fame as a great painter in Europe, he returned to Russia, eventually attaining a high position at the Imperial Academy of Arts from which he graduated. When his health started deteriorating, he came back to Italy and died there three years later, in June of 1852.
|The Last Day of Pompeii|
|Countess Yulia Samoilova Retiring From Ball|
Bryullov's combination of classical themes, romanticism style and dramatic renditions make his work truly unforgettable.
|Svetlana Guessing on Her Future|