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Rovinsky, Dmitry Aleksandrovich

    Full Name: Rovinsky, Dmitry Aleksandrovich

    Other Names:

    • Dmitriĭ Aleksandrovich Rovinskiĭ

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1824

    Date Died: 1895

    Place Born: Moscow, Russia

    Place Died: Bad Wildungen, Hesse, Germany

    Home Country/ies: Russia

    Subject Area(s): engravings (prints), graphic arts, prints (visual works), and Russian (culture or style)

    Career(s): art collectors


    Historian and collector of Russian graphic arts and engravings. After receiving his law degree in 1844, Rovisky began to publish articles on the Academy of Art during the reign of Catherine II and the Russian school of icon painting. His work on Russian engravers won him the Uvarov Prize in 1864, and he was elected to the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1870. After spending 25 years researching Russian popular prints, Rovinsky published an illustrated work that highlighted prints from his own collection, and placed them in their social and cultural context of 17th-19th century Russia. The St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences named Rovinsky an honorary member in 1883. After his death in 1895, Rovinsky’s engravings and prints were sent to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Rumianstev Museum and Library in Moscow. The professor of Art History at Utrecht University, J. G. van Gelder, described Rovinsky’s work as one of the praiseworthy graphic studies of Netherlandish of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


    The Dictionary of Art ; van Gelder, Jan G. [Forward.] Hollstein, F. W. H. Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, ca 1450-1700. vol. 1. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1949, p. [i].


    "Rovinsky, Dmitry Aleksandrovich." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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