the nelson atkins art museum

Caravaggio (1571-1610)
“John the Baptist” (1604)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Unitef States

Tonight’s Art Moment is “The Lonely Tower,” an etching by Samuel Palmer from 1879. Palmer was deeply pious and experienced a mystical beauty in nature. This late work shows two shepherds guarding their sheep as they watch a distant tower. To the left, a lonely traveler ascends a path with his cart. Palmer’s work is notable for his nuanced approach to the night sky, which includes the constellation of the Great Bear and the waning moon on the horizon. The etching was inspired by the poem “Il Penseroso” by John Milton (1608-1674), which describes a lonely poet working in his tower. Palmer wrote of his aim in this work to convey “mysterious suggestion. More meant than meets the eye….” From the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Facebook page.


Claude Monet, Boulevard des Capucines, 1873-1874 par Sharon Mollerus


Lyonel Feininger, Gaberndorf II, 1924, Nelson-Atkins by Sharon Mollerus