These teacher materials prompt students to use artworks in the Cleveland Museum of Art in writing processes, applications, and communication, both oral and visual.
William Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905)
oil on fabric, Framed: 204.00 x 156.00 x 15.00 cm (80 5/16 x 61 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches); Unframed: 164.50 x 117.80 cm (64 3/4 x 46 3/8 inches). Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 432.1915
One of the most celebrated academic painters of his time, Bouguereau underscores the moral virtues of the Italian peasants in this painting by depicting the dome of St. Peter's in the distance. The idealized figures and their triangular grouping recall the Holy Family paintings by Renaissance master Raphael 400 years earlier. The painting was purchased directly from the artist by Cleveland banker and philanthropist Hinman B. Hurlbut in July 1879.
New York Cultural Center. William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1975), no. 15, pl. 15.
Gifu (Japan), Museum of Fine Arts; Kamakura, Museum of Modern Art. Paris autour de 1882 (1982-83), no. 13, pl. 13.
Paris, Musée du Petit Palais; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum. William Bouguereau 1825-1905 (1984-85), 64, 108, no. 90 (repr.).
Norfolk, Chrysler Museum; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Paris 1889: American Artists at the Universal Exposition (1989-90), 237-38 (repr.).