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"Desolation." (Fifth of the Series), (painting)

Artist:
Cole, Thomas
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 10
The moon ascends the twilight sky near where the sun rose in the first picture. The last rays of the departed sun illumine a lonely column of the once proud city, on whose capital the heron has built her a nest. The shades of evening steal over shattered and ivy-grown ruins. The steep promontory, with its insulated rock, still rears against the sky unmoved, unchanged, but violence and time have crumbled the works of man, and art is again resolving into elemental nature. The gorgeous pageant has passed--the roar of battle has ceased--the multitude has sunk in the dust--the empire is extinct. (Reed collection.) [P. 3; see entry 00830006 for related commentary.]
Catalogue of the Exhibition of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts. Founded 1844--Chartered 1845. Now open, in the Rotunda in the Park. New-York: E.B. Clayton & Sons, Printers and Stationers, No. 5 Tontine Buildings, Wall-Street. 1846.
Topic:
Waterscape--Harbor
Architecture--Ruins
Architecture--Classical
Animal--Bird--Heron
Landscape--Imaginary
Allegory--Other--Civilization
Control number:
AECI 00830010
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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