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Boris Godunov

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Marie Goodenough

BorisGodunov
Boris Godunov by Marie Goodenough
Wood
c.1984

Reg. Number: NHSL00730

In the NHS Lothian collection.


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This sculpture is a semi-realistic depiction of an adult male and a child on horseback. The horse is shown as being powerful and yet docile. The sculpture bears the title Boris Godunov, a play on the name of the artist, Marie Goodenough. Boris Godunov was Tsar of Russia from 1598 to 1605. A favourite of Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), he helped organise Ivan's social and administrative system. After Ivan's death in 1584 he became virtual ruler of Russia, ostensibly as regent for Ivan's young son Feodor I, who was married to Boris's sister. He was popularly believed to have ordered the murder in 1591 of Feodor's younger brother and heir Dmitri (1581-1591), in order to secure the succession for himself. Upon Feodor's death in 1598 an assembly of the ruling class chose him as tsar, but famine and popular distrust undermined his support, and when a pretender to the throne appeared claiming to be Feodor's brother Dmitri, many rallied to his support. Boris died and his son, Feodor II, was unable to defend the throne against the false Dmitri. Boris's life is the subject of a drama by Pushkin that was the basis for Mussorgsky's famous opera.

Marie Goodenough has said, "I mostly work in wood, which isn't very fashionable at the moment. People like to see something where some work has been put in, and that has something to say to them, something they can relate to." Marie Goodenough was born in York and studied sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. Many examples of her work are held in private collections.
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NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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