Dobroklonskii, Mikhail Vasil’Evich
Born Oct. 22 (Nov. 3), 1886, in St. Petersburg; died Nov. 16, 1964, in Leningrad. Soviet critic of the arts. Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR from 1943.
Dobroklonskii began working at the Hermitage in 1919. He taught in Leningrad at the Institute of Art History (1922 to the late 1920’s), the Academy of Arts (beginning in 1923), and the university (1944-51). Concerned with problems of attribution and systematization of drawings in Soviet museums, Dobroklonskii compiled several scholarly catalogs at the Hermitage including Drawings of the Italian School of the 15th and 16th Centuries (1940), Drawings of Rubens (1940), Drawings of the Flemish School of the 17th to the 18th Century (1955), and Drawings of the Italian School of the 17th to the 18th Century (1961). He also wrote works devoted to Western European and Soviet graphic art and was a member of the editorial board of the General History of the Arts (1956-66). Dobroklonskii was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and several medals.