The Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey (study for series, The Cross and the World)

  • Thomas Cole, The Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey (study for series, The Cross and the World), ca. 1846-1848, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1965.10

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Thomas Cole died before he was able to complete his final group of paintings, titled The Cross and the World. In the beginning of the series, two young men each begin a pilgrimage---one to the cross and the other through the world. The route to the cross is mountainous and difficult, while the pathway through the world tempts with a beautiful valley. By the end of their journeys, the pilgrim of the cross discovers the bright light and angels of redemption, but the pilgrim of the world finds only a wasteland of emptiness and fear.

Title
The Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey (study for series, The Cross and the World)
Artist
Date
ca. 1846-1848
On View
Dimensions
12 x 18 in. (30.4 x 45.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Religion – angel
  • State of being – phenomenon – vision
  • Allegory – life – old age
  • Figure male – full length
Object Number
1965.10
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