Yesterday marked the 208th birthday of Karl Briullov, a great Russian painter. To celebrate, let's take a look at his massive masterpiece, "The Last Day of Pompeii."
1. Karl Briullov was born in St. Petersburg in 1799 to Italian parents. He attended the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts but never fully embraced the style taught there. After completing his education in 1821, he left for Rome, where the popular artistic styles were more similar to his own.
2. Briullov traveled throughout Italy, including... READ ON