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Milton Dictating to His Daughter

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1794

Artist:

Henry Fuseli
Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825

About this artwork

This painting by Swiss artist Henry Fuseli depicts 17th-century English poet John Milton, who became blind in his 40s, dictating his epic poem Paradise Lost. His daughter transcribes his words while another woman listens intently as she sews. A forerunner of the Romantic Movement, Fuseli created drama through chromatic contrast. A cool light illuminates the rosy-cheeked women and casts deep shadows around Milton’s ghostly figure and face. Fuseli created this painting for his Milton Gallery, a self-run enterprise that showcased the artist’s Milton-inspired works. While this entrepreneurial venture failed commercially, it raised Fuseli’s prestige and visibility as an artist.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Henry Fuseli

Title

Milton Dictating to His Daughter

Place

Switzerland (Artist's nationality)

Date

1793

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

121.2 × 118.7 cm (47 3/4 × 46 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Preston O. Morton Memorial Purchase Fund for Older Paintings

Reference Number

1973.303

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