Related Objects
Current Location:
Building A (DEV) -> 1st Floor (DEV; A)
Location Notes:
DEV; 1st fl; Building A; Steelcase Library; Across from 138A

The Voyage of Life: Childhood, 1839-1840

Artwork
Identifier:
2015.59.3
Artist:
Thomas Cole
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Reproduction Print on Canvas
Date:
circa 2015
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 16 in Width: 20 in
Description:
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.
Historical Context:
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."