About the artist
Simon Ushakov was a leading Russian icon painter of the late 17th century. He is associated with the comprehensive reform of the Russian Orthodox Church undertaken by Patriarch Nikon. Ushakov had a lot of pupils and associated and even published a short treatise on icon-painting entitled ‘A word to Loving-Meticulous Icon Painting’. Some of the more conservative Russian priests regarded his icons as too Western for their tastes. Ushakov was one of the first secular painters in Russia. He died in Moscow in 1686.