[Milton-L] Munkascy "Milton dictating"
wmmoeck at aol.com
wmmoeck at aol.com
Fri Dec 24 13:26:09 EST 2010
In NYPL's 1877 version (which took the Gold Medal at the Paris Salon),
there is no painting within the painting. Above Milton's shoulder to
the left is a Vermeer-style window of colored casement glass. Between
the window and armoir above Milton is a mirror with a heavy dark frame.
At least, I am assuming it is a mirror, as it is uniform grey
rectangle reflecting nothing. I have never seen the Hungarian version
you refer to. Is it dated earlier than '77? The one in New York was
purchased by James Lenox and donated by his son to the libarary.
Attached is a link to a book about the continental reception it
received. I found it useful when researching the subject.
William Shullenberger has also studied Munkacsy's work and might know
more. The only painting of Milton's daughters in which there is an
ecphrasis of the expulsion is the canvas by Delacroix, I believe.
From: Duran, Angelica A <duran0 at purdue.edu>
To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Sent: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 3:45 pm
Subject: [Milton-L] Munkascy "Milton dictating"
By way of prefacing my question with a demonstration of my efforts to
resolve the question myself...
• I have a roughly 7 in. by 3 in. reproduction of M. Munkascy’s; and
• I saw the original in Hungary; and
•I re-read a couple of articles that discuss illustrations of Milton
• I zoomed in on web versions of the illustration),
but I still have been unable to determine the content of the framed
picture hanging above Milton in the Munkascy painting “Milton dictating
Paradise Lost to his Daughters.” It looks to me like a gentleman
standing facing towards the left. (The paintings with paintings with
the “Milton dictating” topic are much easier to discern.)
I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows of a written reference
that discusses the painting within the Munkascy painting, or who has
access to the large original or a large reproduction. Many thanks.
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