Image: Diana's Mirror
(New York, 1847 - 1919, Elizabethtown, New York)

Diana's Mirror , 1880-1899

Oil on fabric mounted on fiberboard
24 1/4 in. x 30 1/4 in. (61.6 cm x 76.84 cm)
Bequest of Edwin C. Shaw
In this moody nocturne, Blakelock captured the solitude and stillness of night.  He achieved the rich tones and patterned surface of this painting by layering semitransparent oil glazes over white paint and blending the layers by rubbing them with a cloth, pressing them flat with a palette knife or sanding them down with a pumice stone.  The title of the painting (given to the work by an art dealer) refers to Diana, the ancient Roman moon goddess.
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