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Oil Paintings / OP10

Gretchen in Church

Artist/Maker: Anonymous,

Oil on canvas, lined, framed

385 x 266 mm.
Bequest: Sir John Williams 1926

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's (1749-1832) 'Faust' is a long poem written in two parts over a period of fifty seven years and based loosely on Marlowe's 'Dr. Faustus'. This painting probably illustrates a scene from Part I, first published in 1808, where Gretchen (Margaret) attends the funeral of her mother (whom she murdered along with her baby). Part II was published in 1832

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