Sacred and Profane Love

Solomon J. Solomon

Exhibited the 1886 Royal Academy

Oil on canvas

Source: the 1885-86 Magazine of Art: 413.

“PROMINENT among the prominent pictures at the exhibition of the Royal Academy recently closed was Mr. S. J. Solomon's " Sacred and Profane Love." The picture marks the advance of an ambitious and earnest young painter towards his goal, determined to leave nothing untried that may assist his progress and give practice and facility to mind and brush, both capable of fine achievements.

Towering on the summit of a rocky peak stands the Angel of Holiness, full of kindness and full of dignity, sheltering a woman and her child with one wing, while the husband sits below at their feet. This portion of the picture irresistibly recalls the mind and work of Mr. Watts, and is in striking in contrast to the remainder of the design. The whole, however, is executed in a masterly manner. “ (412)

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