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“Ivan the Terrible” is the first serious large sculpture of Antakolsky, the famous Russian sculptor. It is interesting that the youngest son in a large Jewish family, Antakolsky was fond of drawing from an early age, painted everything he reached for, but his parents met with a sharp disapproval and, as a compromise between their conviction that artists are missing people and the boy’s desire draw, Antakolsky was sent to the sculptor as a student. Perhaps this lesson seemed more honorable and profitable for parents.
"Ivan the Terrible" is made with extraordinary art and attention to detail. He sits on a high throne, a soft royal fur coat falls from his shoulders, and at his feet, in fact, lies the whole country, obediently waiting for his every word. However, he does not feel joy at all from such attention to himself. Power does not please him. Throughout his posture, one can see how tense he is. The back is straight, the head is slightly inclined, the right hand squeezes the arm of the throne, the left crumpled clothes on the chest, at the heart.
A forgotten book threatens to crawl from its knees. This is a fear of possible betrayal, and an excessively heavy burden of power, and approaching old age, leading on a leash many diseases. This is a thirst for power, and a fear of the future - power is being turned out of hand, it’s more difficult to hold it, but to transfer it too early, the time has not come, the country, like an awkward horse, will throw off a new rider. Here is repentance and heavy thoughts.
In his lifetime, Grozny did a lot of unsightly things that it would be worth repenting of, and therefore his head (probably gray-haired) so stubbornly bowed - not used to admitting mistakes, not used to repenting, not used to asking someone for forgiveness. And although something is scratching in the soul, he answers this evil, severely, rejecting the very possibility of repentance.
A book in his hands, with a bookmark - a simple hint. It was under Grozny that the history of typography began.
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