Title: Madonna and Child with Saint John
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Canvas: 75 × 43 5/8 inches (190.5 × 110.8 cm)
Frame: 82 7/8 × 50 7/8 × 3 5/8 inches (210.5 × 129.2 × 9.2 cm)
Gift of Louis V. Keeler, Class of 1911, and Mrs. Keeler
A member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Bouguereau’s art was highly prized in post–Civil War America, when new fortunes were created overnight and the Grand Tour of Europe was a rite of passage for the upper class. Once sold by the artist, through his French gallerist, to a collector or dealer based in New York or Boston, the paintings tended to remain in the United States. ("This is no Less Curious: Journeys through the Collection" cocurated by Sonja Gandert, Alexandra Palmer, and Alana Ryder and presented at the Johnson Museum January 24 - April 12, 2015)
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