Mișu Popp (March 19, 1827 – March 6, 1892) was a Romanian painter and muralist.
Born in Brașov, in the Principality of Transylvania, he was the eighth child of Ioan Popp Moldovan de Galați (1774–1869) and Elena (1783–1867), born Ivan, a family from the Făgăraș region. His father was a church muralist, painter and sculptor.
Popp the end his art studies in 1848, at the Academy of Fine Arts from Vienna, where he developed a frightful academic style.
He carried on the take effect of his dad by painting several churches from Bucharest, Brașov (Tocile, Saint Nicholas Church), Araci, Râșnov, Satulung, Târgu-Jiu, Câmpulung, Urlați, etc. Between 1847 and 1853 he painted similar to Constantin Lecca the church of Curtea Veche from Bucharest.
But his main art legacy resides in creating many portraits of the personalities of his time (Ion Heliade Rădulescu, Andrei Mureșanu, Vasile Alecsandri, etc.) and of some well-known historical figures, such as Michael the Brave, inspired from a contemporary engraving of the voivode.
His paintings can be admired in Bucharest at the Romanian Literature Museum and the National Art Museum, as with ease as in museums in Arad, Brașov, Ploiești, and Sibiu.
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