Portrait of a Churchman
Information about author
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, in particular on an elongated oval face with straight black eyebrows brought together, a pointed aquiline nose, and closed thin lips. The portrait depicts a churchman with a frozen face and a focused gaze. The work is painted in restrained colors typical of portraits of this type. The bright accent in the portrait is a red ribbon with an award on the neck of the person portrayed.