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Maker(s):Dobuzhinsky, Mstislav
Culture:Russian, Lithuanian (1875 - 1957)
Title:Stage design for Boris Godunov; (I) Prologue: The Cloister
Date Made:1947
Materials:black chalk; ink; graphite; gouache on tan wove paper mounted on paper
Place Made:Europe; Denmark; Copenhagen
Measurements:Mount: 14 7/8 in x 17 1/4 in; 37.8 cm x 43.8 cm; Sheet: 8 15/16 in x 11 3/8 in; 22.7 cm x 28.9 cm; Image: 8 3/8 in x 11 in; 21.3 cm x 27.9 cm
Narrative Inscription:  Boris Godunov (Cloister) Prologue
Accession Number:  AC 2012.329
Credit Line:Gift of Polly Reynolds Allen, in memory of Irving Lewis Allen
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

opera; stage design; cloister; monks; prayer

Label Text:
Boris Godunov has retreated to the Novodievichy Monastery near Moscow. The Streltsy police force a crowd to beg Boris to become Tsar of Russia. The boyar Shchelkalov announces that Boris still refuses the throne and sorrows over Russia’s insoluble misery. A procession of pilgrims prays to God for help.

The prologue is set in the courtyard of the Novodevichi Monastery, which at the time of the story, 1598, was located outside of Moscow. A policeman orders the crowd on its knees to beg Boris Godunov, who has retired into the convent, to accept the throne. He is, however, implacable.

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