Portrait of Jan Jakub Szymonowicz

Ostap Biliavskyi

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Basic information
Ostap Biliavskyi
Portrait of Jan Jakub Szymonowicz
Date of creation
18th c.
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
61.5 x 48
Information about author
Ostap Biliavskyi
Artist's lifetime
Ostap (Eustachy) Biliavskyi (1740–1803) was a Ukrainian artist who worked in Western Ukraine. He is known for portrait paintings and religious artworks. He was born in the village of Horodyshche near Berezhany. In the 1760s, Ostap studied at the Academy of St. Luke in Rome. The artist lived and worked in Lviv after 1771. He painted numerous portraits of burghers on order. In the late 1790s and early 1800s, he created a gallery of portraits of Armenian archbishops. In addition to portrait painting, Ostap Biliavskyi was engaged in monumental painting. A significant collection of works by Ostap Biliavskyi has been preserved nowadays.
Object description
Jan Jakub Szymonowicz (1740–1816) was a Catholic priest; between 1801 and 1816 – Lviv archbishop of the Armenian Catholic Church. He was born into an Armenian family in Kamianets-Podilskyi. Jan Szymonowicz studied philosophy and theology in Lviv for six years. On August 11, 1764, he was ordained a priest. The man was proficient in many languages, particularly in Polish, Latin, German, French, and Italian. He was the dean of the theological faculty of the Lviv University, where he gave lectures in theology. In the late 1790s and up to the early 1800s, Ostap Biliavskyi created a gallery of portraits of Armenian Latin bishops, including the portrait of Jan Szymonowicz. The bishop is depicted in an illuminated oval. The artist managed to express the character of the balanced and educated person, as evidenced by a man’s high forehead and a piercing gaze from under thick dark eyebrows. The works by Ostap Biliavskyi are characterized by a masterful depiction of the individual features of the portrayed people.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Jan Jakub Szymonowicz
Lifetime of the person portrayed