Ainalov, Dmitrii Vlasevich

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Ainalov, Dmitrii Vlas’evich


Born Feb. 8 (20), 1862, in Mariupol’; died Dec. 12, 1939, in Leningrad. Soviet art historian; corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1914). Ainalov studied at the Novorossiisky University in Odessa with N. P. Kondakov. In 1903, he became a professor at St. Petersburg University.

Ainalov’s works combine aesthetic analysis of works of art with historical-cultural evaluation. His main works include The Hellenistic Basis of Byzantine Art (1900), which for the first time reveals the nature of the aesthetic evolution of Byzantine art; Byzantine Painting of the 14th Century (1917); History of Russian Monumental Art (2 vols.; 1932–33, in German); and Studies of Leonardo da Vinci (1939).


Brunov, N. “Pamiati D. V. Ainalova.” Arkhitektura SSSR, 1940, no. 3.
Dmitriiu Vlas’evichu Ainalovu ot uchenikov: K dvadtsatipiatiletiiu ego uchenoi deiatel’nosti. Moscow, 1915. (Includes list of works.)
Dopolnenie k spisku trudov prof. D. V. Ainalovak 35–letiiu ego uchenoi deiatel’nosti. Petrograd, 1924.
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