Pavel Pyasetsky (Павел Яковлевич Пясецкий) (1843 – 1919) was not only a painter but also a doctor-surgeon, a famous traveller and writer. While a student at the medical faculty of the Moscow University, he developed his interest in painting, executing hundreds of anatomical and histological sketches as well as drawings for forensic medicine, obstetrics and skin diseases that served as teaching tools.
Following the defence of his thesis, Pyasetsky moved to St Petersburg where he served in the Military Medical administration. During his spare time, he audited classes at the studio of P. P. Chistyakov at the Imperial Academy of Arts.
In 1874, Pyasetsky was seconded to Colonel Sosnovsky’s expedition to China. Thus began the adventurous life of the artistic medic. Following the travel to China, he went on to visit several other countries about which he wrote books, drew pictures and treated patients.
In 1895, Pyasetsky travelled with the Russian embassy between Teheran and the Caspian Sea, during which he executed several landscapes and cityscapes of Iran. Today you can find his works at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.
[Translated from the blog of Reza Sajjadi, 31 May 2012.]