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Maker(s):Dobuzhinsky, Mstislav
Culture:Russian, Lithuanian (1875 - 1957)
Title:Stage design for Boris Godunov; (IV) The Inn
Date Made:1947
Materials:black chalk; ink; graphite; gouache on tan wove paper mounted on paper
Place Made:Europe; Denmark; Copenhagen
Measurements:Mount: 15 1/8 in x 17 1/16 in; 38.4 cm x 43.3 cm; Sheet: 8 7/8 in x 11 1/8 in; 22.5 cm x 28.3 cm; Image: 8 in x 10 3/8 in; 20.3 cm x 26.4 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2012.332
Credit Line:Gift of Polly Reynolds Allen, in memory of Irving Lewis Allen
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

opera; stage design; inn interior

Label Text:
Now on a mission to expose Boris and proclaim himself the Tsarevich Dimitri, Grigori is trying to cross into Lithuania to find support for his cause. He falls in with two vagrant monks, Varlaam and Missail, at an inn near the border, and uses them as cover. No sooner has he asked directions to the border from the innkeeper, who warns that the frontier is heavily patrolled, than a police officer enters with a warrant for Grigori’s arrest.

Dobuzhinskii sketches a traditional inn, similar to the one that appeared in the premiere of the opera in 1874. The log cabin features the typical icon in the right corner, a big oven, and small windows. In the opera it is a transitory place where Grigorii learns the way to Lithuania and escapes the police after they uncovered his plans to take the Russian throne with the help of Poland.

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