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Donation of Taras Shevchenko Life Portrait to the Shevchenko National Reserve in Kaniv.

Donation of Taras Shevchenko Life Portrait to the Shevchenko National Reserve in Kaniv.

A unique print entitled, Portrait  of Taras Shevchenko, created in  1860 by V. Gutovsky. The print was made during T. Shevchenko’s lifetime, from a lithograph by A. Kostyukevich, which was donated to the Shevchenko National Reserve in Kaniv in May 2012.

According to experts from the National Art Museum of Ukraine, this is a “…rare print that is of artistic and historical value.” 

In May 2012, Bogdan Gubsky donated a unique portrait print of Taras Shevchenko to the Shevchenko National Reserve in Kaniv.  The portrait was created in 1860 by V. Gutovsky from a lithograph by A. Kostyukevich. The last owner of the portrait was the well-known collector Volodymyr Yatsyuk, Deputy Director of the Taras Shevchenko National Museum (Kyiv).

According to experts from the National Art Museum of Ukraine, this is a “rare print of artistic and historical value.” The artwork was created in a complex technique. First, the photo portrait was etched on a stone, and then transferred onto paint and paper. Experts emphasize the photographic similarity of the portrait, in contrast to the artworks by other portraitists who had an artistic vision of Shevchenko`s image.

Other photo portraits of Taras Shevchenko have several copies, while there is only one copy of this particularly  unique portrait. 

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