Tsar Ivan the Terrible in the State Tretyakov Gallery

Mark Matveevich Antokolsky
Marble, 151cm H

The tsar as monk

The contemplative tsar is dressed in robes of a monk and holds a rosary. Hamilton says he is "slumped on his throne remorsefully contemplating his crimes" (394).

This sculpture made the artist famous; its realism, emotional quality, and novelty were considered remarkable.

Works Consulted or Quoted:
George Heard Hamilton. The Art and Architecture of Russia. New Haven: Yale UP, 1983.
Tatiana Lykova, ed. The State Tretyakov Gallery: Fine Arts of the 12th-early 20th century. Moscow: Scanrus, 2014.

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