The Shooting Stars
MILLET, Jean-François (1814 - 1875)
Media: oil on board
Size: 18.7 x 34.5 cm
Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 2476
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
This purely imaginary subject is unusual among Millet’s works. It refers to Dante’s Inferno which in one section describes the souls of the lustful being whirled endlessly around the skies of hell by a great gale. The epic poem was a common source of inspiration for artists and Millet here recognises this academic tradition. A later example is Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss.