Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Lonesome Ruler

Ivan IV by the Russian painter Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926). Vasnetsov shows here the feared Ivan the Terrible as a lonesome ruler who seemed to be frozen by symbols and burden of his power.

1 comment:

  1. It depends on what Ivan the Terrible was really like, at least in his quiet, more reflective moments. Perhaps the artist (Viktor Vasnetsov) was depicting his model in the most congenial and sympathetic manner possible.

    Have a great holiday.