Thursday, July 22, 2010
Edwin Long - At Prayer
Oil on canvas
Here, the popular British artist, Edwin Long, shows a scene at a Spanish church; a poor Spanish girl is kneeling down, deep in prayer.
The painting was probably inspired by the 17th century painting 'Saint Agnes' by Jusepe de Ribera. Like many 19th century artists, Long was influenced by the works of famous Spanish Baroque artists.
Long first visited Spain in 1857 on the advice of his mentor John Philip. Long was so impressed by the country and its people that he returned there twice more between 1857 and 1873.
Long developed a talent for Spanish genre painting and painted many scenes of Spanish life.
at 1:00 PM