A moment of hesitation... The Murder of the Sons of Edward

A moment of hesitation... The Murder of the Sons of Edward

4/27/2021, 8:08:53 PM
A moment of hesitation... The Murder of the Sons of Edward IV (1835) was painted by Theodor Hildebrandt (1804-1874) who specialized in capturing literary and historical scenes. This cruel event is based on a real story, which was described by Shakespeare in his play Richard II. It shows Edward V and his brother Richard laying in bed. Edward V is only 13 years old, but already the King of England and Lord of Ireland, after the death of his father Edward IV. But after 78 days, even before he was officially crowned, this event happened. Another Richard (not the youngest boy here) was the Duke of Gloucester, was the uncle of these boys. He was also the Lord Protector while Edward V was still young. He ordered the boys to be killed such that he could take his place as King Richard II (which would indeed happen). Hildebrandt shows the murderers just before their deed. They see these boys sleeping and are hesitant for a moment whether they should execute the cruel plan of Richard III. The tight and intimate compositions may provide the feeling that we are present in the room, but that we can do nothing to prevent the men from completing the murders... #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #GermanArt #GermanArtist #GermanPainter #TheodorHildebrandt #Hildebrandt #Murder #Cruel #EdwardIV #RichardIII #EdwardV #Hesitation #Murderers Shakespeare #BritishHistory #History

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