The Voyage of Life: Youth, (1840)
Medium:Reproduction Print on Canvas
Height: 16 in
Width: 20 in
Floating in a golden boat down a gentle river through a landscape of green grass and trees, an adolescent reaches out toward a palace in the sky. An angel watches from the shore.
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."