The Last Look of John Donne
Marsden Hartley occasionally painted imaginary portraits of historical figures such as this one of John Donne, the seventeenth-century English metaphysical poet and dean of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. The solemn portrait is based on an engraving of Donne’s carved tomb effigy that was the frontispiece for a collection of his sermons. The shrouded body is presented in a palette of blues and whites, cool colors evocative of death, while the striated pattern of folds approximates the hard, carved stone of the tomb.
Oil on academy board
28 1/8 x 22 in. (71.4 x 55.9 cm)
frame: 37 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (95.3 x 80 x 7 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal
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Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943). The Last Look of John Donne, 1940. Oil on academy board, 28 1/8 x 22 in. (71.4 x 55.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal, 71.201 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 71.201_SL1.jpg)
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