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(b St Petersburg, 16 [28] July 1806; d St Petersburg, 3 [15] July 1858). Russian painter. He was born in St Petersburg and studied there at the Academy under his father, the painter Andrei Ivanov (1772–1848). Most of his career was spent in Rome, where he settled in 1831. Initially he was preoccupied with subjects from the classical world, but partly under the influence of the Nazarenes (he was a friend of Overbeck) he turned to religious painting, and his fame is inseparable from his main work, which occupied him for twenty years, Christ's First Appearance to the People (1837–57, Tretyakov Gal.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)