Savva the Magnificent
Savva Ivanovich Mamontov inherited his father’s shares of the railway company and engaged in railway construction. Savva’s main achievement is the railroad from Moscow to Arkhangelsk, which was extremely necessary at that time. However, two years after its launch, Savva failed to pay off his loan and was arrested and imprisoned. After the hearing, the charges were dropped, but Savva went bankrupt and died in poverty.
In the obituaries, Mamontov was called “Medici of Moscow” and “Savva the Magnificent” by analogy with a nickname of Lorenzo Medici. He was frequently compared with Lorenzo the Magnificent as the Florentine patron of arts also supported prominent artists, had good eyes for the blossoming talents, could inspire everyone around him with new ideas, and, at the same time, was famous for being not quite a patron, but a tyrant of arts.
His extravagance and artistry always manifested itself. For instance, in his village near Moscow, Savva could take walks in a long Italian cloak with silver inserts and a wide-brimmed hat. His contemporaries mentioned that Savva even managed to turn his own hearing into a show.