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Portrait of John Donne, c. 1595 (oil on canvas)


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Portrait of John Donne, c. 1595 (oil on canvas)

BAL3911 Portrait of John Donne, c.1595 (oil on canvas) by English School, (16th century); 77.1x62.5 cm; National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; (add.info.: metaphysical poet 1572-1631; author of Songs and Sonets, Satires, Elegies, Anniversarie, Divine Poems; born Catholic but converted to Protestantism); English, out of copyright

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Arms Crossed Brooding Elizabethan Folded Arms Lace Collar Lips Melancholy Metaphysical Poet Protestant John Donne


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This portrait of John Donne, painted around 1595 by an anonymous English artist, offers a glimpse into the enigmatic world of one of history's most renowned metaphysical poets. Displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, this oil on canvas print showcases Donne's introspective nature and literary brilliance. Donne, known for his masterful works such as "Songs and Sonets" and "Divine Poems, " was born into a Catholic family but later converted to Protestantism. His complex journey is mirrored in the intensity captured within this painting. With his brooding expression, crossed arms, and folded hands, Donne exudes both melancholy and intellectual depth. The details are striking: from his lace collar to his floppy hat that casts shadows over his face. Every brushstroke seems to emphasize the inner turmoil that fueled Donne's poetic genius. As we gaze upon this image, we can almost hear the whispers of profound thoughts swirling through his mind. In an Elizabethan era marked by artistic innovation and cultural transformation, John Donne stood out as a literary luminary whose words continue to resonate today. This portrait immortalizes him not only as a writer but also as a symbol of romanticism and intellectual rebellion. As we contemplate this remarkable piece of artistry from www. bridgemanimages. com, let us be reminded of how literature has the power to transcend time and connect us with extraordinary individuals like John Donne – forever inspiring us with their passion for words.

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