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After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'Marguerite sortant de l'Église' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865030

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Photograph of a work by Ary Scheffer, a 1838 version of which is now in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (Inv. no. 80.55). Inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, the image depicts Marguerite (or Gretchen) in full-length as she steps out of a church. Her hands are placed in front of her abdomen; one holds her prayer book, the other her rosary beads. She is surrounded by the rest of the congregation with Faust and Mephistopheles visible on the right.

Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
          • Christian church architecture
            • Churches