The death of Ivan the Terrible - Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky. 82 x 64 cm
For the creation of this and two other paintings on historical subjects, the artist was awarded a gold medal at the Paris World Exhibition in 1889. Tretyakov tried to buy her for his gallery, but she went into a private collection. In 2014, the picture was stolen, and still its fate remains unknown.
The plot is based on the story of the witness of the death of the king - the English diplomat Horsey. The authenticity of his testimony is doubtful, however, it was popular and was used by the artist as a canvas for his canvas.
The picture captures the moment of the death of the king during a game of chess. He is dressed in a robe trimmed with fur and a hat. On the canvas are many historical figures who surround the deceased monarch. The picture is a “snapshot” of the time of the death of Ivan IV. With the theatricality inherent in his work, the artist arranges the key figures of this action: in the center in a large armchair the figure of the king is powerlessly limp, around him are his relatives and friends. On the right, the healer takes out his potions in a futile attempt to bring the dying man back to life, on the other hand, the court jester fell at the feet of the king, looking fearfully at his master. The king’s last wife, Maria Nagaya, the mother of Tsarevich Dmitry, who was later killed in Uglich, bowed at the head of the bed. Behind the queen's back Vasily Shuisky prays. The figure to the extreme right is the king’s old hunched nanny, hurrying to him, leaning on a wooden stick.
To the left of the dying man are depicted other historical characters who in the future will play a role in the history of Russia. The far left, rising to his full height, turning sideways to the viewer - Boris Godunov. The bearded old man who has risen in his chair is Bogdan Belsky. Against the background of a magnificent canopy bed, a married couple is depicted - Tsarevich Fedor and his wife Irina Godunova, scaredly clinging to her bewildered and embarrassed husband.
In addition to a well-designed, albeit slightly theatrical composition in the picture, the excellent elaboration of details, even the smallest ones, as well as beautifully written emotions and facial expressions impress. According to the remaining lithography, it is difficult to judge the color scheme of the picture, but, knowing the rest of the master’s canvases, one can safely say that it was colorful and multicolored. It is unfortunate that she disappeared, one can only hope for a happy return of the stolen canvas.