Anton Ivanov was born a serf in a village of Kozakovo, Vladimir gubernia. From 1833 he studied painting in Saint Petersburg with Chernetsov's brothers. In 1838 he accompanied them on a trip on Volga River. In 1841 he was redeemed from serfdom by Chernetsov's brothers. From 1841 to 1849 he was a pensioner of the Imperial Academy of Arts. From 1846 he lived in Italy. He died in Rome and buried at the Monte-Testacho cemetery.
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