Maxim Vorobiev was born in 1787 in Pskov. At the age of ten, he enrolled in the elementary classes at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg and went on to study landscape painting with Fyodor Alekseyev and architecture with Jean-François Thomas de Thomon. In 1815 Vorobiev was made a Professor of Landscape Painting at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg, and was an important influence on Ivan Aivazovsky, Alexey Bogolyubov, and the Tchernetsov brothers. During the Russo-Turkish War he was attached to the retinue of Nicholas I to sketch and make paintings upon his direction, which included several scenes from the Siege of Varna.
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