Fylypovych, Ivan

Fylypovych, Ivan [Филипович, Іван; Fylypovyč], b ? d ca 1770. Noted copperplate engraver and printer of the 1740–60 period in Lviv, master of thematic engraving. Usually employing drypoint techniques, Fylypovych illustrated the publications of the Lviv Dormition Brotherhood Press, Univ Press, Pochaiv Monastery Press, and Berdychiv Press as well as the printed materials of the Jesuit College in Lviv. Of his book and print gravures 216 are known; most of these are on religious, symbolic, and allegorical themes. He did engravings of the coats of arms of the Sheptytsky family, the Rozumovsky family, the Sapieha family, and other noble families. Among his portrait engravings those of Metropolitans Atanasii Sheptytsky and Lev Sheptytsky and J. Sanguszko are well known. He was the first designer of bookplates in Ukraine (eg, for the Zalusky family). Fylypovych illustrated the following publications: Ifika iieropolitika (Ethica Hieropolitica, 1760), Liturhikon (Liturgicon, 1759), and Molytvoslov (Prayer Book, 1755). In 1753–65 Fylypovych owned his own printing press and produced books of high workmanship. The finest of his publications was Flos (1756), which was printed in Latin and contained two copper-plate engravings. Although uneven, Fylypovych's polygraphic work is among the highest accomplishments of his period.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]

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