Aleksey Petrovich Antropov was born in 1716 into the family of a soldier. His inclination for art was revealed early. He studied painting under Andrey Matveev and Ivan Vishnyakov. In the 1740s he took part in the decoration of the numerous palaces of St. Petersburg. In 1752-1755, he was commissioned to paint The Kiev Cathedral of St. Andrew. From 1761 he was the chief painter of the Synod. He was also famous for his portrait-painting. Among his best are Portrait of the Lady-in-Waiting A. M. Izmaylova (1759), Portrait of Emperor Peter III (1762), Portrait of Countess M. A. Rumyantzeva(1764).
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