Boris Godunov was a Russian Tsar who reigned between 1598-1605. He became the subject of a play written by Alexander Pushkin around 1825, which led to this very fine book illustration by Boris Zvorykin. Godunov's reigned at the start of the "time of troubles" in Russia. This magnificent replica is skillfully hand painted in Russia by Igor V. Shepel. It is mounted within a handsome deep black frame. About 9" x 12". Note: the back of the painting incorrectly attributes the original to Ivan Bilibin, another famous Russian book illustrator whose style and talent are a close match to those of Zvorykin.
About the artist: Igor Viktorovich Shepel was born in 1961 in the city of Rostov-on-the-Don. From 1978-1984 he studied at the Rostov College of Arts (named after Mitrofan Borisovich Grekov 1882-1934, founding father of Soviet military theme and panoramic painting). Shepel is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia and participates in many regional and personal exhibitions. He works and teaches at the Grekov Art School. He specializes in museum quality art done in oil, Russian masterpiece replicas as well as replicas of Western masters, both complex and simple. He is especially fond of painting landscapes as well as renditions of famous Russian icons. Many of his works are in museums, galleries and private collections in Russia, Germany, Brazil, and Canada.