If you were following the series on the Napoleonic invasion of Russia in 1812 that I posted last year, the name of Willewalde should not come as a surprise to you. Gottfried (or, in Russian, Bogdan – gift of God) Willewalde (1812 – 1903) was not only one of the foremost academic military artists of the nineteenth century, but also an important court artist to the Russian imperium.
One of the special attributes of Willewalde’s paintings is their extreme attention to detail, so much so that individuals can be identified by their likenesses even in the most crowded works; also, the paintings provide a superb glimpse into the protocols, dresses and uniforms, and indeed interior decor of the periods depicted.
I was interested enough in the man’s works that I created an English Wikipedia page for him. Check it out for biographical details.
Here’s a brief gallery of his works. First, some court-related paintings – not great quality, I’ve gotta say.
And here are some military paintings.