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Karl Pavlovich Bryullov (Charles Bruleau) was born in 1799 in St. Petersburg, Russia to the family of a sculptor. In 1809 Karl Bryullov entered one of the world's best art academies - the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Fine Arts and graduated with the 1st degree diploma and the First Gold Medal.
In 1823, he moved to Italy to continue his career and while there he painted his best-known work of art, the epic "Last Day of Pompeii". This masterpiece brought him an international recognition and fame at the age of 33. During his travels, Karl Bryullov produced numerous portraits, sketches and watercolors. He stayed in Italy for 13 years, working in Milan, Naples and Rome. In Italy, Bryullov created about 120 portraits in various techniques, including the portraits of the Russians residing in Italy, painters, sculptors, writers, and aristocracy.
Italian critics compared Karl Pavlovich Bryullov to the greatest masters of the past, such as Rembrandt, Rubens, and Van Dyke.
Bryullov returned to Russia in 1835, staying for 6 months in Moscow, painting several portraits of well-known writers, poets and actors. Thereafter he moved to St. Petersburg where he became a professor of the Imperial Academy of Arts. He was also a professor of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. At the same time, Karl Bryullov was taking part in exhibitions in Rome, Milan and Paris.
In his art, Bryullov accomplished to unite Renaissance Classicism with realism and became one of the most prominent painters of his time.
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