(Scene from Don Quixote)

  • John Ritto Penniman, (Scene from Don Quixote), 1816, oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. George Viault, 1970.186

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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.”

Title
(Scene from Don Quixote)
Artist
Date
1816
On View
Dimensions
30 x 24 3/4 in. (76.2 x 62.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. George Viault

Mediums Description
oil on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – leisure – grooming
  • Landscape – forest
  • Landscape – water
  • Literature – Cervantes – Don Quixote
  • Figure group
Object Number
1970.186
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