Kiprensky – “Donskoy on the Kulikovo field”
In 1803, Kiprensky was left at the Academy as a pensioner. Today we would call it graduate school. Two years later, he took part in the competition for a big gold medal, having completed the program “Dmitry Donskoy after defeating Mamai.” The painting “Dmitry Donskoy on the Kulikovo Field” depicts the moment when the news of victory is brought to Prince Dmitry, exhausted from wounds. Kiprensky received a large gold medal and was appointed to go abroad. But there was a war in Europe, and in January 1807 the Academy decided to cancel the trip abroad “for the present circumstances of Europe”, as stated in the Council’s definition, and replace it with a three-year stay at the Academy.
Year of painting: 1805.
Dimensions of the painting: 118 x 167 cm.
Writing technique: oil.
Genre: historical painting.
Gallery: State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.