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Maker(s):Dobuzhinsky, Mstislav
Culture:Russian (1875 - 1957)
Title:Stage design for Boris Godunov; (VI), Untitled, Probably interior room at Sandomir Castle, Poland
Date Made:1947
Materials:black chalk; ink; graphite; gouache on tan wove paper mounted on paper
Place Made:Europe; Denmark; Copenhagen
Measurements:Mount: 13 5/8 in x 16 11/16 in; 34.6 cm x 42.4 cm; Sheet: 9 in x 11 3/8 in; 22.9 cm x 28.9 cm; Image: 8 3/4 in x 10 5/8 in; 22.2 cm x 27 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2012.334
Credit Line:Gift of Polly Reynolds Allen, in memory of Irving Lewis Allen
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Grigori, who now openly claims to be Dimitri, has made his way to Sandomir Castle in Poland, where he hopes to court and win the powerful Marina Mnishek.

Musorgskii inserted this scene in the 1872 version to meet the requirement of the directorate of the Imperial Theaters, which called for the addition of a female role and a scene to contain it. The main character in this scene is Marina Mniszech, the daughter of a local Polish governor.

Dobuzhinskii evokes the dominance of the Roman Catholic faith in Poland by decorating the room with spiraled columns between the windows. They refer to the Baroque era, the art of which was closely related to the Catholic Church. In this massive architecture Marina appears small, sitting in a chair on the left side.

architecture; royalty; castles; interiors; windows; furniture

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