Born in Saint Petersburg to the noble Rurikid princely family Grigory Gagarin was a Russian painter,Major General and diplomat.A friend of Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov, In 1848-1855 Gagarin lived in Tiflis served under Mikhail Vorontsov. Among the military and administrative duties, Gagarin did a lot of works for the city. He built a theater, frescoed the Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral, and restored frescoes of the old Georgian cathedrals, including the Betania monastery. In his records ‘The journey to Caucasus’ a French writer Alexander Duma (the father) writes: I have never seen such a delightful theatre building before. With its vestibule, interior, theatre curtain and wall paintings it reminds me building of Pompey Theatre. The Art Palace of Georgia possesses a valuable collection of Gagarin’s ‘Sketches and Drawings of Caucasian People’


  • Title: Caicasian Man
  • Creator: Grigory Gagarin
  • Date Created: 1850/1855
  • Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Physical Dimensions: 59cm x 42cm
  • Subject Keywords: painting
  • Type: costume sketch
  • Contributor: Donated by a chairman of the Art Palace Trustees Council - Archil Gelovani
  • Publisher: Georgian State Museum of Theatre, Music, Cinema and Choreography - Art Palace
  • External Link: http://www.artpalace.ge/ge/
  • Medium: paper, guache

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