Ivan the Terrible and his Son Ivan, 1885

I love this painting so much.

Just some background stuff, Ivan the Terrible was the Tsar of Russia for most of the 16th Century. In I think 1581, he caught his daughter-in-law wearing ‘immodest clothing in front of everyone’ and struck her. She was apparently pregnant and she may or may not have had a miscarriage because of it.

Ivan’s son and the girl’s husband, also named Ivan after his father, hears about it and gets into a really heated argument with his father that ends with Ivan the Terrible taking a swing at his son with his pointed staff. It’s said that he immediately fell down and kissed his son’s face, pressing his hands against his left temple to try to stop the bleeding. He famously screamed “May I be damned! I’ve killed my son! I’ve killed my son!” His son briefly regained consciousness and his last words were “I die as a devoted son and most humble servant.”

I love all the details. I love the pointed staff lying on the ground and the signs of a fight with the tossed over chair, disturbed carpet, and the door wide open. I love the single tear on Ivan’s face and their position on the floor. This is a really gorgeous but raw depiction of one of the darkest moments in an incredible man’s life. I wish there were more historical paintings like this.

I’ve yet to see any other image depict the look of horrific realization and regret as well as this painting does. It really is just stunning.

  1. beethovangogh reblogged this from pyrrhiccomedy
  2. the-apple-that-fell-too-far reblogged this from ghoul-aid-jammers
  3. blackkidwhitemind reblogged this from papiflyguy
  4. mieartstuff reblogged this from lauriejuspeczyk
  5. kanyewestinterrupts reblogged this from thesecularsoup and added:
    Ivan the Terrible and his Son Ivan, 1885 Ugh, I love this painting so much. Just some background stuff, Ivan the...
  6. gone-with-the-winchesters reblogged this from i-touched-your-butt
  7. schmayschmay reblogged this from i-touched-your-butt
  8. coveryourheadandneckwithyourarms reblogged this from humaneywumaney and added:
    Oop no, we’re good, found it on my blog...
  9. humaneywumaney reblogged this from coveryourheadandneckwithyourarms and added:
    Shit son, well I hope that’s still about otherwise we’re witnessing the start of the death of Tumblr D:
  10. hazzers reblogged this from rinlockhart and added:
    So basically tumblr removes this but not images from ppl who’ve stolen art k good to know thanks community guidelines
  11. misc-penguin reblogged this from rinlockhart
  12. longthinleaves reblogged this from nichtzwinkern
  13. sasukes-mistress reblogged this from everything-minni
  14. everything-minni reblogged this from liketinyhorses
  15. horriblehorrors reblogged this from horrorharbour
  16. thegreatgabinski reblogged this from horrorharbour
  17. kiss-of-the-black-mamba reblogged this from ghostsofavalon
  18. ghostsofavalon reblogged this from tempestpaige
  19. thronesturnedtorust reblogged this from vapeapologist
  20. lurvme reblogged this from jdr3ad
  21. jdr3ad reblogged this from vapeapologist
  22. vapeapologist reblogged this from prickclass
  23. foxrnulder reblogged this from prickclass
  24. rackabones reblogged this from prickclass
  25. prickclass reblogged this from khorenck
  26. donttouchmyburger reblogged this from hollyrochelle