Michael Allen Lowe
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"Company of Thieves"  48" x 64" Oil on Canvas

Lowe’s inspiration for this work, the subject of
The Thieves Punishment, c.1772, and
William Blake’s
The Punishment of the Thieves, c.
1824-27, illustrate a scene from Dante’s
Inferno in
which thieves are eternally consumed and
transformed by serpents.  Lowe’s stylized free copy
combines the original works in a harmonious splice
between their overlapping compositions.  The central figurative form of all white
unblemished attire, from George Romney’s
A Boy, Called William Pitt, c.1778, meant
for a costume of 'innocence' a quality never again to be adorned by these misshapen
marploters.  This juxtaposition intensifies the essence of its referenced parts in a
dramatic contrast of painting styles between Romantic portrait painting and the
anthropomorphic forms of Mannerist drawings.  
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