The death of Inessa de Castro - Karl Pavlovich Bryullov. 213 x 299.5
The story of Inessa de Castro's “Dead Queen” is striking in its drama. Secretly married, they hid such a marriage, which was an outspoken mesalliance, especially since the infant had a bride.
Finding out the real reason for his son’s refusal to marry, King Afonso IV decided to kill his secret wife. But when he saw the unfortunate woman and his grandchildren praying for mercy, he had mercy. It was this moment that Bryullov displayed on canvas.
The painting was painted in a pronounced academic manner - "talking" gestures, sculptural figures. The culmination of the picture is the face of Inessa, who is highlighted by the author, praying and miserable. Children who cling to their mothers exacerbate the painful impression. The king's face is calm, but he is afraid to look at the unwanted daughter-in-law. Only the guard indifferently looks at the ruler and awaits his instructions.
It is known that Afonso, who needed a “political” marriage of his son, placed the state’s business above personal feelings, and Inessa was still killed.
After Pedro ascended the throne, he ordered to remove the body of his beloved from the grave, to dress him in royal robes, to lay a crown, and to give honor to the dead queen to all the courtiers.
Almost 700 years have passed since then, and the tragic story of a great doomed love still looks at us from Bryullov’s canvas.