Ivan Grozny and Malyuta Skuratov
SEDOV Grigori Semyonovich
Born: 12 January 1836
Died: 15 April 1886
For a long time, eye disease prevented G. S. Sedov from working intensively as an artist. A Muscovite by birth, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg in 1857. He earned silver medals for his paintings Mercury Lulls Argus to Sleep (1864) and The Introduction of Grand Prince St Vladimir to Christianity (1866). The last work was done in fulfilment of his examination programme, and it earned Grigori Semyonovich the title of Academician of Painting of the First Rank and a scholarship from the Academy to study for six years abroad. In addition, he earned large and small gold medals for his work.
G. S. Sedov spent the first three years of his planned sabbatical in Paris (1867-1870). Besides painting pictures and studies depicting French life, he also executed a fresco of the Holy Trinity in the cupola of the local Russian Orthodox church. However, blindness in one eye forced him to return to Russia earlier than he intended. He did many paintings with Russian historical themes, including Ivan Grozny and Malyuta Skuratov (1871), Tsar Ivan Grozny Admires Vasilisa Melentevna (1875), and Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich Selects a Bride (1884).
The experience he gained in France in fresco work enabled him to paint iconography for the Church of the Holy Trinity at the Pokrovsky Gate in Moscow and G. S. Sedov also executed some of the frescoes of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. His poor health continually affected the ability of Grigori Semyonovich to work in a regular manner; therefore, he did not carry out all the projects that he had planned.
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