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. On the dark background, there is a half-length image of a man. The artist mainly focused on the face of the person portrayed. The features of an elderly clergyman are painted in detail, in particular a wrinkled face, small eyes, pointed nose, and thin lips. Gray strands of hair are seen from under the pileolus, a traditional headdress of the priests of the Roman Catholic Church. The author aimed to reveal the inner tension of an unknown churchman.