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Kamezhenkov Ermolai Dementievich (1760-1818)

The fate undoubtedly talented to art Ermolai Dementievich Kamezhenkova (Kamyazhenkova, Komyazhenkova) is full of interesting twists and facts (in accordance with the few details of his life). It is known that he was a serf of the Tver bishop's house, icon-painting skills from trained Kryzhova D. (1772-1777). Further demonstrate the ability of the young man was sent to St. Petersburg, where he continued his studies at the school , GI Kozlov , in which a young Kamezhenkov stayed for about three years. His art works are somehow met Catherine II, on behalf of which the artist has made ​​a number of copies of paintings from the Hermitage collection. Apparently, performed like the Empress, because in 1785 she released her decree to relieve ED Kamezhenkova from serfdom.

By this time the name of the artist was well known in St. Petersburg - he played high-quality portraits, which felt some impact Levitsky .

ED Kamezhenkov been in military service (1791-1793), lived in St. Petersburg, in Moscow, in the city of Kashin and in recent years the village Zabelina Tver province. Posted by many portraits, working on orders. The Academy of Fine Arts appreciated the talent and skill of the painter: in 1787 for "Portrait of a Young Man" ED Kamezhenkov received the title of "assigned" to the Academy, in 1794 he received the title of academician of the "Portrait of honorary member of the Academy of Fine Arts I.-F. Grotto." The works of the painter are stored in the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, Art Gallery of Tver. As befits the academician, ED Kamezhenkov had pupils, some of them have become well-known painters.

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