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The Death of Inês de Castro, Morganatic Wife of Don Pedro, Infant of Portugal. 1834

Brullov Karl,
Oil on Canvas
213 х 290,5


The painting is based on an event from Portuguese history described in Luís de Cam es epic poem Os Lusíadas. Inês de Castro was the morganatic wife of Pedro, son of King Afonso IV who was killed by the courtiers lvaro Gonçalves, Pêro Coelho and Lopes Pacheco with the agreement of Alfonso IV. Karl Brullov is known to have painted the picture in the space of seventeen days in Milan in 1834. It was then exhibited at the Pinacoteca di Brera that same year.

Author's Biography

Brullov Karl

Brullov (Bruleau), Karl Pavlovich
1799, St Petersburg -1852, Manziana (near Rome)
Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, history painter, portraitist, genre painter, mural painter. Born into an artistic family. Studied under Anton Ivanov, Alexei Yegorov and Vasily Shebuyev at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1809-22), graduated with a first-class gold medal. Sent to Italy by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts (1822-35). Worked in Milan, Naples and Rome. Won fame in Europe as a portraitist and history painter for such works as The Last Day of Pompeii (1827-33, Russian Museum. St Petersburg)- Returned to Russia and lived in St Petersburg. Honorary freeman (1834), second-degree professor (1835) and first-degree professor (1846) of the Imperial Academy of Arts, where he taught history painting, enjoying the love and respect of his many students. Professor of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. Contributed to exhibitions in Rome, Milan, Paris and St Petersburg. Went abroad on the advice of doctors (1849), settled in Italy (1850).

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