Baptist Lampi the Elder was born in 1751 in Romeno (South Tyrol) and studied
in Salzburg. He traveled much, lived in Verona, Innsbruck, and Vienna.
Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder worked at different royal courts of Europe,
was a Member of the Veronese Academy of Arts. Since 1786, he was a professor
of the Vienna Academy. In 1787-88, he stayed in Poland and worked at the
court of Stanislas Augustus Poniatowsky. In 1791, on the invitation of
the Prince Grigory Potemkin the artist came to Russia. There he worked
until 1798, he was elected an academician of the St. Petersburg Academy
of Arts, then returned to Vienna, where he died in 1830. He painted portraits,
frescoes and altarpieces. Both of his sons, Johann Baptist Lampi the Younger
and F.-K. Lampi, became painters.
German and Austrian Paintings. XV-XVIII centuries. by N. Nikulin.
Vladimir Borovikovsky and Russian Culture. Late 18th – early 19th
centuries. by T. Alexeeva. Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1975.
Paintings of the 18th-early 20th centuries from the Reserves of
the Russian Museum. by K. Mikhailova and G. Smirnov. Leningrad. 1982.