Monday, March 19, 2012

De Morgan, Evelyn

Angel Piping to the Souls in Hell
Oil on canvas
20 by 24 in. (50.8 by 61 cm.)
Private collection

On the morning of her seventeenth birthday, Evelyn recorded in her diary, "Art is eternal, but life is short..." "I will make up for it now, I have not a moment to lose."

Evelyn De Morgan (1855 – 1919) was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter. Her preferred subjects included sacred and allegorical figures and scenes, and legends with a moral or social message.
She was particularly fond of the works of Botticelli.

An Angel Piping to the Souls in Hell depicts an angel playing music for the damned souls of hell. Come from afar the Angel bends over the abyss and pipes her angelic strains that the flame-tossed souls in Hell may hear the distant music. It was exhibited at the Red Cross benefit exhibition in 1916.