The Robber and His Child

Karl Friedrich Lessing1832

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

At the time this painting was made, popular stories celebrated noble outcasts as victims of social circumstances beyond their control. Here, the robber is a defeated man who may have turned to stealing to feed the child he so tenderly shelters under his arm. Isolated in a harsh, rocky landscape, the figures invite our sympathy.

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  • Title: The Robber and His Child
  • Date: 1832
  • Location: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: w19.13 x h16.61 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: The W. P. Wilstach Collection, bequest of Anna H. Wilstach, 1893
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Artist/Maker: Karl Friedrich Lessing, German, 1808 - 1880