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Maker(s):Goncharova, Natal'ia Sergeevna
Culture:Russian (1881-1962)
Title:The Pale Horse, from the portfolio 'Mystical Images of War'
Date Made:1914
Measurements:Sheet: 12 3/4 x 9 11/16 in.; 32.4 x 24.6 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.17.15
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)

Label Text:
This lithograph shows the pale horse from Revelation: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8, KJV). The eclipse in the background symbolizes death and the looming disaster of war. In Goncharova’s vision, this image embodies the theme of human sacrifice and death as indispensable companions to all war and strife.
BJ, 2014

angels; animals; deaths; tools; wars; Christianity; religion; eclipses; farm equipment; scythes; skeletons; bones; horses

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