The Triumph of the Innocents (1883-1834) by William Holman Hunt

The Triumph of the Innocents - Hunt, William Holman - 1883-1834 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleThe Triumph of the Innocents
ArtistWilliam Holman Hunt
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions247.7 x 157.5 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationWalker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
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About The Triumph of the Innocents

The Triumph of the Innocents is a painting created by William Holman Hunt in 1883-4. Hunt’s inspiration came from his time in Palestine, as seen in the figures, donkey, and background. It represents a new dimension in the way traditional Christian themes are presented. The painting’s originality and reinterpretation of the Bible for late Victorian England is evident.

Hunt’s paintings were notable for their great attention to detail, vivid color, and elaborate symbolism influenced by John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle’s writings. The Triumph of the Innocents is one of his major religious works and his most ambitious attempt to fuse matter and spirit. In this artwork, Hunt depicted Mary with baby Jesus on her lap while surrounded by little children who represent the slaughtered innocent boys during Herod’s search for baby Jesus.

William Holman Hunt was an English painter and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His contribution to British art has had a significant impact on later artists’ work, such as Vincent van Gogh. The handmade reproduction painting remains an iconic masterpiece that reflects Hunt’s deep religious beliefs while showcasing his technical ability as an artist through creative interpretation that deviates from orthodox representations at that time.

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