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(Scene from Don Quixote)

1816 John Ritto Penniman Born: Milford, Massachusetts 1782 Died: Baltimore, Maryland 1841 oil on wood 30 x 24 3/4 in. (76.2 x 62.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. George Viault 1970.186 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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This painting shows a scene from the seventeenth-century novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Inspired by stories of chivalry, Don Quixote traveled “through the world in search of adventures.” He met a young girl who had run away from home disguised in boy’s clothing. Here, she has just been discovered by three of Quixote’s companions, who stare in confusion, aroused by “his” beautiful long legs that appear to be made of “pure alabaster.”

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Figure group

Landscape - forest

Landscape - water

Literature - Cervantes - Don Quixote

Recreation - leisure - grooming

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About John Ritto Penniman

Born: Milford, Massachusetts 1782 Died: Baltimore, Maryland 1841

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