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Brooch

1821

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum

The painted mourning scene, a popular device in miniatures, most often featured a woman in Grecian-style dresses crying by a grave under a weeping willow or cypress tree. This brooch, however, features a young man in mourning next to a simple tombstone. He wears fashionable clothing of the time, but otherwise the scene is plain. The austerity of the grave and surroundings suggest a feeling of somberness without the presence of other traditional symbols of mourning, such as a willow.

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  • Title: Brooch
  • Date Created: 1821
  • Location: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 15/16 x 1 x 3/8 in. (2.4 x 2.5 x 1 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fleischmann
  • Accession Number: 2013.245
  • Medium: gold, enamel, watercolor on opalescent glass, hair, glass

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