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The Shooting Stars

MILLET, Jean-François (1814 - 1875)

The Shooting Stars

Media: oil on board

Size: 18.7 x 34.5 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2476

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

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This purely imaginary subject is unusual among Millet’s works. It refers to Dante’s Inferno which in one section describes the souls of the lustful being whirled endlessly around the skies of hell by a great gale. The epic poem was a common source of inspiration for artists and Millet here recognises this academic tradition. A later example is Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss.

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