« 2023. # 4 (172)

The Ethnology Notebooks. 2023. № 4 (172), 1013—1022

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Abstract. The article deals with little-known pages from the early period of the work of the famous European artist of modern times, Stanislav Roman Levandovskyi. The main focus is made on two sculptural portraits of Taras Shevchenko, which are mentioned only briefly in the literature. It emphasizes the relevance of the research topic.

The purpose of the publication is to reveal the historical, cultural and artistic features of the key works of S.R. Levandovskyi in the context of time. By studying periodicals of the second half of the 19th century, the date of the busts has been determined. The article presents the organizations for which they were intended, the specified exhibitions at which they were exhibited. Attention is paid to S.R. Levandovskyi’s cooperation with the Ukrainian society «Sich» in Vienna and the Ukrainian youth organization «Academic Community» in Krakow, and the nature of his participation in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the birth of T. Shevchenko is determined. It is proven that when performing the bust of T. Shevchenko in a striped cap and coat, the author took into account the aesthetic priorities of the Western Ukrainian society, which is well acquainted with the lithography of Volodymyr Hutovskyi, the painting of Gavril the painter, and the sculptural portraits of Mykola Ramazanov, Parmen Zabyla, Tadei Baronch. The article proves S.R. Levandovsky’s familiarity with the achievements of Fedor Kamenskyi, whose works he could see in Kyiv in the 1880s. For the young artist, the personal acquaintance of an older colleague with T. Shevchenko, whose sketches for a sculptural bust appeared during his lifetime, was important. This played a decisive role in the emergence of a distinctive image of the poet, which corresponded to the artistic trends not only in Kyiv, but also in Vienna. A common feature of the two works is increased attention to details and exaltation of the portrait. Sculptural portraits of T. Shevchenko, executed by S.R. Levandovskyi, received wide resonance from the time of their appearance. Combining different artistic traditions, they reflect the scale of the sculptor’s talent. Created in accordance with the requirements of the time, they are part of the treasury of national culture.

The research methodology is based on the complex involvement of various methods, principles and concepts.

Keywords: Stanislav Roman Levandovskyi, Taras Shev­chenko, sculptural portrait, reinterpretation, interpretation.

Received 19.07.2023


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