The artist is unknown
The portrait represents a great artist in the last days of his life (died on June 11 (23), 1852 in Mantian, a commune in Italy, in the Lazio region, not far from Rome). The typewritten text on the back is the result of the error caused in the same inscription indicating in the name of the portrait, the place and the time of writing the portrait. The author of the portrait was guided when writing to the famous self -portrait of Karl Pavlovich Bryullov (1848-1849; GTG, GRM, private meeting, Moscow), who had great success with the contemporaries of the master and repeatedly copied. The picture was painted immediately before the death of Bryullov or shortly after it and, most likely, one of the students of the master or friends of the artist, to those who were familiar with the self -portrait of the great Karl. Perhaps the portrait is copied from the original Bryullov Mikhail Ivanovich Zheleznov, who accompanied the master on the last trip abroad, to the island of Madeira and to Italy.
N. X. Unknown artist. SPb, 2012. With. 143.