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Power of Music

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Description A letter written by the artist to William Walters dated July 20, 1860 illuminates the subject of this painting. It shows a brother and sister resting before an old tomb. The brother is attempting to comfort his sibling by playing the violin, and she has fallen into a deep sleep, "oblivious of all grief, mental and physical." This composition exists in at least one other version, now preserved at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. A closely related reduced replica was given to the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique by a descendant of the artist. The melancholic subject's popularity is attested by its reproduction on a porcelain plaque manufactured by the Royal Porcelain Factory, Berlin.
Date Description Narrative
4/25/1980Treatmentvarnish removed; coated; inpainted; re-framed
  • Salute to Belgium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Acquired by William T. Walters, Baltimore, before 1861; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: Louis Gallait
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1861

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1852 (?)
oil on wood (mahogany) panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 22 1/2 x W: 17 1/16 in. (57.2 x 43.3 cm); Framed H: 35 1/16 × W: 29 7/8 × D: 5 1/8 in. (89 × 75.9 × 13 cm)
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Not On View


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