Venice: Grand Canal at Sunset

Thomas Moran is perhaps best known for his paintings of the American West, but at the age of forty nine he became captivated by the Italian city of Venice, painting it more than any other subject during the last 35 years of his long career. Moran first visited Venice in 1886, but had already experienced […]

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

Thomas Moran painted his first version of Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came in 1859.  A brooding and mysterious picture, it was inspired by Robert Browning’s (1812-1889) poem of the same name, in which the knight Roland traverses a dangerous wilderness to reach the dark castle, only to realize the meaninglessness of his quest. Since […]