Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov

Author: Nikolai Vasilievich Tomsky

Prince Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov (16 September 1745 – 28 April 1813) was a Field Marshal of the Russian Empire. He served as a military officer and a diplomat under the reign of three Romanov monarchs: Empress Catherine II, and Emperors Paul I and Alexander I. Kutuzov was shot in the head twice while fighting the Turks (1774 and 1788) and survived the serious injuries seemingly against all odds. He defeated Napoleon as commander-in-chief using attrition warfare in the Patriotic war of 1812. Alexander I, the incumbent Tsar during Napoleon’s invasion, would write that he would be remembered amongst Europe’s most famous commanders and that Russia would never forget his worthiness.

Nikolai Vasilievich Tomsky (real name – Grishin) (December 7, 1900 – November 22, 1984) was the Soviet muralist, teacher, public figure. President of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1968-1983). Academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1949). Hero of Socialist Labor (1970). People’s Artist of the USSR (1960). Laureate of the Lenin Prize (1972), five Stalin Prizes (1941, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952), and the USSR State Prize (1979).

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