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The Robber and His Child

Karl Friedrich Lessing, German, 1808 - 1880

Made in Germany, Europe


Oil on canvas

16 5/8 × 19 1/8 inches (42.2 × 48.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 391, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Credit Line:
The W. P. Wilstach Collection, bequest of Anna H. Wilstach, 1893

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At the time this painting was made, popular stories celebrated noble outcasts as victims of social circumstances beyond their control. Here, the robber is a defeated man who may have turned to stealing to feed the child he so tenderly shelters under his arm. Isolated in a harsh, rocky landscape, the figures invite our sympathy.

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