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The Fable of the Miller, His Son, and the Donkey

Artist:
Elihu Vedder (American, New York 1836–1923 Rome)
Date:
ca. 1867–68
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
6 1/2 x 10 3/4in. (16.5 x 27.3cm) Framed (Overall 3 x 3 grouping .1 - .9): 30 9/16 x 43 5/16 x 2 3/8 in. (77.7 x 110 x 6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of John V. and Enza Tomassi Kiskis, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.205.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Homesick for Italy while visiting Cadíz, Spain, Vedder infused his series based on Aesop's fables with recollections of the Tuscan countryside. The three known series vary slightly in details. While many of the works by Vedder in the collection contain classical-allegorical allusions, this series depends upon a literary theme with a specific text, which is transcribed nearby. The Museum also owns the preparatory drawings for the works.
Inscription: [at lower left]: V; [on label on the back]: Fable of the Miller, His Son and the Donkey / No. 1 / Nine in all / see Digressions / am signing these things of my youth in my old age / 1911 / Elihu Vedder.
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