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The Cross and the World, (painting)

Artist:
Cole, Thomas
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 134 (Sale info: $5000.00).
FIRST PICTURE. This remarkable series of pictures, . . . by one of America's greatest artists, was originally intended to be five in number, two each representing the separate careers of the Pilgrims of the World and of the Cross, but only the latter were completed; numbered respectively 69 and 104 in this exhibition. In this picture two Pilgrims enter upon life's journey. Their way, ascending from the water in the foreground, separates, . . . one to the right, the other to the left. Both now travel forward; one in the divine light of the Cross, the other in the light of the present world. Both start with the voice of the preacher sounding in their ears . . . above them the clouded rocks, . . . To the left, a straight and narrow and solitary path, lies at the foot of the range, and is lost in a rugged, ascending pass, down which shines the Cross, just rising in the sky, and emblematic of the morning of the Christian life. The outset of the Pilgrim is through fields clothed with the ordinary verdure and flowers of spring. A distant shower hides the difficulties of the journey, and betokens the sorrows which shall befall him. The prospect of the Pilgrim of the World is inviting. A broad way leads off to a beautiful country--to a world of splendor and allurement. . . . [P. 10; see entries 03800069 and 03800104 for other works in the series.]
Louisville Industrial Exposition. Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. And of the Collections of the Department of Natural History. 1874. Louisville: Published by John P. Morton and Company, Nos. 156 and 158 West Main Street.
Topic:
Religion--Christianity
Occupation--Religion--Pilgrim
Figure(s) In Exterior--Mountain
Landscape--Time--Morning
Allegory--Life
Control number:
AECI 03800134
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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