The artist is Geller
Ivan the Terrible died on March 18, 1584 in the Kremlin. Shortly before his death, the king ordered him to give him a chessboard, but he suddenly fell backward and began to choke. The bustle rose in the room, sent for doctors and confessor. According to a long tradition, the metropolitan, on the eve of the close death of the king, tonsures him to the monks so that he returns to the best world, being in a spiritual rank. Many contemporaries believed that the death of Ivan the Terrible was violent, suspecting the poisoning of the boyars Boris Godunov and Bogdan Belsky, who were afraid of the royal disgrace and bribed a doctor. Geller wrote a canvas in the traditions of academic historical painting of the second half of the 19th century, combining interest in historical details with several theatrical psychologism. The artist portrayed Boris Godunov – calm, powerful and already thinking about the throne on the throne. (P. To., E. Sh.)
Electronic catalog “Heroes and villains of Russian history”. SPb, 2010. With. 117.