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Imants Lancmanis
Latvian art historian and painter

Imants Lancmanis

Imants Lancmanis
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Intro Latvian art historian and painter
Is Historian Art historian Painter
From Latvia
Field Arts Academia Social science
Gender male
Birth 29 July 1941, Riga, Latvia
Age 80 years
Star sign Leo
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Imants Lancmanis (born July 29, 1941) is Latvian painter and art historian. He has also been the director of Rundāle Palace museum since 1976.


Imants Lancmanis was born on July 29, 1941, in Riga. In 1959 he graduated from J. Rozentāls art high school and continued his studies in the painting department of the Art Academy of Latvia. In the 1960s as an Art Academy student he for the first time visited Rundāle Palace. Later he met the director of Bauska local history museum Laimonis Liepa who offered opportunity to work in newly established Rundāle Palace museum. After graduation in 1966 Lancmanis started full-time job in Rundāle Palace.

In 1972 Lancmanis became deputy director of Rundāle Palace museum and director in 1976. He is responsible for all reconstruction and restoration works in the palace from the 1970s until 2015 when restoration work was officially finished. Lancmanis also worked as researcher and extensively studied art history in Latvia. He is author of several books about baroque architecture and 18th- and 19th-century art in Latvia. Due to his long career and experience Lancmanis is one of the biggest authorities on art history, architecture, heraldry and baltic-German heritage in Latvia.

Lancmanis is known also as a painter. During his studies in Art Academy he mostly painted portraits and still lifes and saw his future as a painter. Later he dedicated all his energy to Rundāle Palace and painting was left in second place. He actively resumed painting in 1989 and in 1999 his first solo exhibition was held in Riga.

For his work he is awarded with the Order of the Three Stars, Legion of Honour and several other decorations and prizes.


  • Order of the Three Stars (1994)
  • Spīdola prize of Latvian Cultural fund. (1998)
  • Legion of Honour
  • Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Pro Europa prize of Cultural fund of Europe
  • EU Prize for Cultural Heritage Europa Nostra

Selected bibliography

  • Jelgavas pils, (Jelgava Palace), (1979), (1986)
  • Liepāja no Baroka līdz Klasicismam, (Liepāja from baroque to classicism), (1984)
  • Mežotnes pils, (Mežotne Palace), (1983)
  • Rundāles pils, (Rundāle Palace) (1994)
  • Kaucmindes pils, (Kaucminde Manor), (1999)
  • Heraldika, (Heraldry), (2007)
  • Rundāles pils I daļa. (Rundāle Palace, Part I), (2015)
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