1815. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia. Read Note.
Vasily Zhukovsky (1783-1852) - Russian poet and translator, regarded as the founder of Russian romantic poetry; was the most popular poet in Russia in 1800-1820. His poems "Ludmila" and "Svetlana" were based on German medieval folklore, and gave rise to a fashion for the ballad. His elegies and ballads were a source of inspiration for many Russian poets. Zhukovsky served in the army, and later was the tutor of the heir for the Russian throne, future Tzar Alexander II. Zhukovsky was a close friend of Alexander Pushkin. He translated Byron, Schiller, Goethe and Walter Scott, among others, into Russian. Academician (1841) of the St. Petersburg Acamedy