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September 1, 2008

Response to "MFA Student Fresh Works Exhibition"

Rowan Pope’s “Sleeping Old Man? was my favorite piece. The artist really gave us an omniscient look into the life of this stately old man. This portrait is begging for the viewer to make assumptions about the old man because we are not given any background information. Is the gothic evening a symbol of his mood? Is this noble man of a royal bloodline? Was this man a well-respected philosopher? Maybe he is a ivy league-educated man who has gone crazy in his old age? The amount of fine detail in this piece was absolutely astonishing. The beautiful Victorian crystal chandelier, fine silk linens, elaborate Romanesque furniture, exotic hardwood desk and fine leather bound books hint at the opulent life that this man lived.