I'm so sorry it's taken so long to get here and comment! This is WONDERFUL!! I love the dramatic lighting--so appropriate to the subject--and the pose is just perfect: sort of superior, dismissive--as we might expect this sort of character to be (...he's ALREADY dead, after all! ). LOVE the robes--gorgeous drapery there--and the ominous shadowing is done just beautifully. All over a superb painting!
I was gone so long, I'm sure a lot of people thought I'd bailed completely--but no! I was just really tied up with work and such, and am now finally finding a bit of time to get back in and see what I've missed--this one is great!