GAL'BERG, Samuil Ivanovich
(b. 1787, Kattentak, d. 1839, St. Petersburg)


Estonian sculptor, active in Russia. He studied from 1795 to 1808 under the sculptor Ivan Martos at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg, and from 1818 to 1828 he was in Italy. His first works produced in Italy were in a classical style (e.g. Boy Blowing Bubbles, bronze, 1826, and Faun Listening to a Reed Flute, marble, 1824-30; both St Petersburg, Russian Museum). He also produced several portrait busts in Italy: V. A. Glinka (plaster, 1819) and A. Ya. Italinsky (marble, 1823; both St Petersburg, Russian Museum).

After his return to Russia in 1828, he designed several monuments including that of Tsar Alexander I, but his main activity was on the field of portraiture.