Portrait of a Clergyman
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Along with portraits of burghers and noblemen, images of clergymen took a significant place in Ukrainian painting. They were painted according to the canonical scheme in the clothes of churchmen of a certain rank. Images of prominent church figures, namely metropolitans, archbishops, and representatives of the clerical elite were introduced into the portrait gallery. The works were often painted in restrained colours, without excessive decorativeness, giving them special expressiveness and attention to the faces and characters depicted. A half-length image of a man emerges from the dark background. The main attention is concentrated on the face of the portrayed man: an elongated oval, a high forehead, wrinkles at the corners of the eyes, a smile on his lips. Using the restrained colour scheme traditional for portraits of clergymen, the artist fills the work with emotional depth.