The Voyage of Life: Childhood, 1839-1840
Medium:Reproduction Print on Canvas
Height: 16 in
Width: 20 in
A toddler sits in a golden boat accompanied by an angel in white. The pair float out of a cave on the cliffside, down a gentle river into the sunlight.
In 1839, the prominent New York banker and philanthropist Samuel Ward Sr. commissioned Thomas Cole to paint an allegorical series of four paintings titled "The Voyage of Life," synthesizing three ideas: life is a pilgrimage; a person's life can be divided into four distinct stages; and the course of a person's life can be metaphorically compared to a journey on a river that winds its way through a magical landscape. The series includes "Childhood," "Youth," "Manhood," and "Old Age."