Portrait of a Churchman
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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 colors, without excessive decorativeness, giving them special expressiveness and attention to the faces and characters depicted. A bust-length image of an unknown man is portrayed in the dark background. He is dressed in clerical clothing. His hand is on the chest, pointing to the cross. At the end of the eighteenth century, portraits of hierarchs were subject to changes that took place in painting, gradually losing their monumentality, decorativeness, and majestic isolation. The man’s face and hand, around which one can see a white lace cuff, are bright elements in the portrait. It is a secular image characterized by the depth of showing the image.