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A Pair of Spectacles

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A Pair of Spectacles

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

George Cope
American, 1855–1929

Date

1897

Medium

Oil on artist's board

Accession #

2005.216

Dimensions

7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 304

Description

With this life-sized depiction of spectacles hung casually by string on a nail, George Cope offers a visual metaphor for the act of looking. As the viewer struggles to optically reconcile the flat depiction with the image’s deceptive realism, Cope wittily presents the glasses, should their aid be required.

Credit

Purchase through prior acquisition from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable, with gifts of the Alan R. Liederman family and Dr. and Mrs. Joel E. Berenson, and with additional funds from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schwob