King David was the second king of ancient Israel, reigning for 40 years between approximately 1000 BCE and 960 BCE. He was not born into royalty, but rose to found a dynasty after being a humble shepherd. He is known for his diverse skills as both a warrior and a writer of psalms.
Vladimir Lukich Borovikovsky (1757-1825) was a Ukrainian-born painter who dominated Russian portraiture at the turn of the 19th century. He served at the court of Catherine the Great and was a prominent master in St. Petersburg. His works are characterized by Rococo and Neoclassicism styles. He was born in Mirgorod, Russia.
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