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. In the dark background, there is a bust-length image of a man three-quarters turned to the left. The main focus is on the face of the person portrayed, as well as on his inner state. 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.