Free Will and Miracle
60 1/8 x 48 in. (152.7 x 121.9 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Purchased with funds provided by Benjamin D. Bernstein, Art Angels, and the kind consideration of the artist
Bartlett studied under Sidney Goodman and other realists at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and later apprenticed under Nelson Shanks. In the service of his art, Bartlett also studied anatomy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University. Additionally, Bartlett earned a filmmaking degree at New York University and filmed a documentary about painter Andrew Wyeth. Bartlett’s composition suggests the rigid, iconic qualities and disguised symbolism of Early Renaissance Christian altar painting. In Bartlett’s work, however, one cannot straight-forwardly interpret the meaning from a study of iconography. The models for Free Will and Miracle were the artist himself and his wife.
Art Museum : 20 C Gallery