Henryk Hector Siemiradzki
Polish, 1843 - 1902
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Born 15th September 1843. Studied at the Petersburg Academy, and also at Munich under Piloty, going afterward to Rome, where he permanently settled. Some of his fresco work is to be seen in the Church of Our Saviour in Moscow. His 'Torches Vivantes de Néron', shown at the Paris Exhibition of 1878, achieved a great success, and, despite an offer of 120,000 francs for the picture, Siemiradzki preferred to present it to the Crakow National Museum in southern Poland. Other works of his are 'Une Caverne de Pirates', 'Danse des Glaives', 'Vendeur d'Amulettes'. He was a member of the St Petersburg Academy, also of the Berlin and Stockholm Academies. He obtained a medal at the Paris Exhibition in 1878, also the Légion d'Honneur, being made correspondent of the Académie des Beaux Arts in January 1889. He died in Rome in September 1902.
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