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Rack Picture for Dr. Nones  1879

by Anonymous

This type of trompe l’oeil (fools the eye) painting simulates an old-fashioned bulletin board that held important, yet ephemeral documents like letters and newspaper clippings under strips of ribbon. Such “rack picture” still lifes functioned as biographical portraits, in this case for Dr. Samuel Smith Nones, the prominent Philadelphia dentist who commissioned this work. A...
45.7 × 37.8 cm (17 1/4 × 14 1/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago