The Whitney Museum of Art

Inventory
Collection Number: 
17174
Building: 
Current Location: 
Missouri Valley Room
Floor: 
5th
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1780 -1849
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a poster of Edward Hick's original oil on canvas painting, "Noah's Ark" painted in 1846.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Plexi
Length: 
34 inches
Width: 
1/2 inch
Height: 
26 1/4 inches
Description: 

This poster markets the painting featured in the exhibition "The Flowering of American Folk Art 1776-1876" held at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1974. The original painting, titled "Noah's Ark" was created by American folk art painter Edward Hicks and belongs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art's permanent collection. It envisions a scene in which a line of animals of varying species wraps across a landscape and into the famed ark. Beyond them, a body of water threatens to expand as a dark sky looms above. As a Quaker preacher facing financial hardship, Hicks turned to painting to support his family and gave up spoken descriptions of faith for visual ones. His story attests to the adaptability of early American life often depicted in folk art. In this poster, the exhibition title reads bottom to top in orange on the left side of the painting while the exhibition location reads top to bottom in green down the right. Smaller text along the bottom notes the artist, the painting title, medium and dimensions, followed by "Philadelphia Museum of Art - Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins - Exhibition Sponsored by Philip Morris Incorporated".

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes