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Detail of Faust and Marguerite by Leys in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, January 2012

Detail of Faust and Marguerite by Leys in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, January 2012
Faust and Marguerite

Hendrik Jan August Leys, Belgian, 1815 - 1869

Geography: Made in Antwerp, Belgium, Europe

Date: 1856

Medium: Oil on panel

Dimensions: 39 1/4 x 69 3/4 inches (99.7 x 177.2 cm)

Curatorial Department: European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection

Object Location: Gallery 155, European Art 1850-1900, first floor (Annenberg Galleries)

Accession Number: E1924-3-83

Credit Line: The William L. Elkins Collection, 1924

Label:
This painting shows a moment in Goethe's dramatic poem Faust.

Faust stands with the demonic Mephistopheles behind an iron screen, and he first spies the chaste Marguerite emerging from a church. Faust demands that Mephistopheles secure Marguerite's love for him. Leys has followed Goethe's description in his depiction of Marguerite as a young woman of modest or lower social standing with red lips, glowing cheeks, and downcast eyes.

Like many nineteenth-century artists, Leys was interested in the Middle Ages. Here he dresses the characters in medieval costume and sets the scene at a medieval cathedral in Antwerp, Belgium.

Text from: www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/102947.html?mulR=28282219|7

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