Friday, August 28, 2009

John Everett Millais - The Vale of Rest

oil on canvas
Tate Gallery
the title is from a Felix Mendelssohn song which Millais heard his brother singing and thought an appropriate title.
Usually considered to be Millais' last true pre-raphaelite painting. At the time he was still interested in a mystic form of religion. It has always raised many questions, like why is one Num working so hard whilst the other just sits there. It is related in many ways to his other deeply religious painting Autumn Leaves.

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