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Portraiture in Ukrainian figurative art of the 16-18th centuries

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Shevchenko Talks

Portraiture in Ukrainian figurative art of the 16-18th centuries

online presentation by Olga Shkolna (in Ukrainian language)

Saturday, June 22, 2024, 12 - 2 PM EDT (Toronto time), 19 - 21 (Kyiv time)


Did you know that portrait painting is the oldest form of secular art in Ukraine and that it dates back to the 4th century AD? Various burial sites at the ruins of Chersonesus  Taurica, on the territory of present-day Ukraine, have revealed this. In the 10th century, after Prince Volodymyr had baptised the state, icon-painting began to develop in Kyivan Rus. And secular portrait painting, which was strongly influenced by the icon tradition, appeared as a separate genre during the Renaissance in the 16th century.

Distinguished by their decorativeness, and lavish colours, portraits of the 16th to 18th centuries included images of nobles, church patrons, peasant leaders and Cossack chiefs. Wealthy families often commissioned portraits, and their memorial images could even be found on wood or metal attached to their coffins or on banners at funerals.

To learn more about the interesting evolution of portraiture in Ukraine, join us for an in-depth talk by leading scholar, Professor of Fine Arts, Olha Shkolna, of the Borys Grinchenko Kyiv Metropolitan University.

This presentation will be in the Ukrainian language.

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024

Time: 12 - 2 PM EST (Toronto time), 19:00 - 21:00 (Kyiv time)

Registration is required. Please follow the link below to register:

About the Presenter:

Olga V Shkolna, Professor of Fine Arts, is Head of the Department of Fine Arts and Design at the Borys Grinchenko Kyiv Metropolitan University. 

This lecture is sponsored by The Olzhych Foundation.