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The Academy Assembly of
the Russian Academy of Arts
Igor V. Babailov, Hon. RAA, world-renowned American portrait artist, was invited to Russia, where in an official ceremony in Moscow, he was bestowed the highest honor in the arts. The historically acclaimed Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757) elected Igor Babailov into its roster of Academicians.
In recent years, previous recipients of this honor included designer Pierre Cardin, HRH Princess Chantal of France and the great American artist Andrew Wyeth.
Peter the Great's plan to create a Russian art school came to fruition on November 6, 1757, when the Russian Academy of Arts was established under the reign of Empress Elizabeth. In 1764, Catherine the Great proclaimed it the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts and rendered it special privileges.
Since its inception, the Academy taught and gave the world some of the most famous names in the history of art, such as Bruni, Ivanov, Bryullov, American artist Whistler, Kramskoy, Repin, Serov and many other outstanding artists.
ACADEMY OF ARTS
American portrait master Igor V. Babailov, Hon. RAA,
elected into the roster of Academicians of the acclaimed
Russian Academy of Arts (est. 1757)
"Dear Mr. Babailov,
Congratulations to you on your election to the Russian Academy of Arts."
Igor V. Babailov, Hon. RAA
Hon. Academician of Painting - elected by the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757)
The Inauguration of the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts
Artist: V. Jacobi (1834 - 1902)
Collection: Louvre Museum
Dr. James H. Billington
The Librarian of Congress
THE HISTORIC ACADEMY OF ARTS
In compliance with the RAA Charter, members of the Russian Academy of Arts
are elected by the Academy Assembly.
The Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757)
Induction at the Oak Room of the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757)
"An Academician is a member of an officially constituted Academy, such as the Russian Academy (est.1757), to be elected to which is a great honor, the pinnacle of the career of a traditional artist."