Boris Godunov with Ivan the Terrible (1890) by Ilya Repin

Boris Godunov with Ivan the Terrible - Ilya Repin - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleBoris Godunov with Ivan the Terrible
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions50.5 x 168 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationTver Regional Art Gallery, Tver, Russia

About Boris Godunov with Ivan the Terrible

The artwork titled “Boris Godunov with Ivan the Terrible” was painted by the acclaimed Russian artist Ilya Repin in 1890. It is an oil on canvas piece that exemplifies the Realism art movement. The dimensions of the work are 50.5 x 168 cm, and it categorizes as a history painting. The work is part of the collection at the Tver Regional Art Gallery, located in Tver, Russia.

In the artwork, we observe a scene steeped in historical narrative – two individuals are the primary focus against a dimly lit interior that suggests a setting of weighty significance. A man stands in the foreground, clad in vibrant green robes, illuminated softly by the ambient light, holding an open book from which he appears to be reading intently. The use of light accentuates his prominence in the scene. His facial expression is concentrated and solemn, denoting the gravity of the situation.

Facing him is another figure, enshrouded in darkness, sitting with a hunched posture that conveys an air of deference or subservience. This seated figure’s attention is fixated on the man standing before him. The contrast in their positions and the visual hierarchy established through their placement and the lighting implies a relationship of authority between them.

Around them, shrouded in the shadows, are other figures, possibly attendants or courtiers, whose presence adds to the atmosphere but whose details remain obscured, focusing the viewers’ attention squarely on the central interaction. A window or similar opening in the background allows light to spill into the room, offering an element of depth and context. The richness of detail and historical accuracy in costume and setting, typical of Repin’s attention to authenticity, suggests a moment of significant political or personal import captured on canvas.

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