Fyodor Alexeyev, born in 1753 in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. He was renown for his paintings of landscapes. Alexeyev was a student at the Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts. He later studied under revered Italian artists such as Guiseppi Moretti and Pietro Gaspari. His work became so popular that Emperor Paul of Russia and Catherine the Great requested paintings from him. He was described as a “master of the cityscape, one of the founders of the genre of landscape in Russian art.” (Artoftherussias.com) His paintings offer a rare window to the sight of what Moscow used to look like. Alexeyev passed away on November 23rd, 1824in St. Petersburg.