Portrait of an Armenian 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. The portrait of an Armenian clergyman is painted in contrasting colors, with dominating black, rich red, and white ones. The artist accurately showed the individual features of the person portrayed, in particular a plump dark-skinned face framed by thick black hair, a large nose, big eyes, and wide black eyebrows. The image is painted in a planar manner and in detail, which was typical of a painting style of provincial artists.