The Voyage of Life: Old Age, (1840)
Medium:Reproduction Print on Canvas
Height: 16 in
Width: 20 in
An angel guides a white-haired man in a golden boat toward the rays of light shining out from behind dark clouds.
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."