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Adolf Senff (1785-1863) started out as a theologian in Leipzig, before working as a private tutor to the children and students of painter Gerhard von Kügelgens (1772– 1820). Although he was already active as a painter and portraitist in Leipzig from 1813–14, it was only after the war on France, for which he volunteered, that he truly dedicated himself to the arts. He lived in Rome between 1816 and 1848 where he befriended the famous sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770–1844).

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Night with her children Sleep and Death.

I think this is a beautiful painting of Night presented as a motherly figure with her two children who represent the human condition. Painting at the Staatlicher Museum in Berlin.

 

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