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This painting shows a deacon in the Catholic or 'High' Anglican Church. Solomon made many paintings depicting religious rituals. They often feature beautiful young men in the roles of idealised rabbis, priests or acolytes. The vases probably contain myrtle, which in Solomon's work is often associated with love, both sacred and secular.

Solomon made many works depicting religious rituals, often featuring beautiful young men in the roles of idealised rabbis, priests or acolytes. These works are concerned as much with the aesthetic qualities of the rituals as with religious devotion.This painting shows a young deacon in the Catholic Church, standing before an altar and carrying an urn. The vases on the altar probably contain myrtle, which in Solomon's work is often associated with love, both sacred and secular.There is a tension between the physical beauty of the young model and the austerity and restraint of the religious theme and muted colouring. The painting reveals the parallel strands of the sacred and the sensual which run through Solomon's work, and are often combined in it.

  • Purchased with the aid of a donation in memory of Dr. Joseph Li, and supported by the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 2003.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist Simeon Solomon -

Inscriptions

Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
SS 63
Monogram bottom right Painted 1863
 

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
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273 Royal Academy of Arts 1864 - 1864
 
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites
85 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2005-10-01 - 2006-01-15
85 Museum Villa Stuck, Munich 2006-03-09 - 2006-06-18
85 Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art 2006-09-11 - 2006-11-26
 

Literature

Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Christina Rossetti: A Literary Biography
Jan Marsh 1994 Jonathan Cape, London p. 208.
 
Sotheby's sale catalogue, The British Sale Part II: Paintings, Drawings and Watercolours, 15 June 2000
2000 Sotheby's, London no. 415, p. 190.
 
Christie's sale catalogue, The Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures and Works of Art Session II, 19 and 20 February 2003
2003 Christie's, London no. 131, pp. 196-197.
 
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites
Colin Cruise 2005 Merrell, London and New York cat.85, pp. 128-130

Provenance

The Forbes Collection; purchased at auction (Christie's) with the aid of a donation in memory of Dr. Joseph Li, and supported by the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 2003.

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