Life Line.
 Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910

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Title:Life Line
Notes: The dramatic rescue from a foundering ship shown here was made possible by a recent innovation in lifesaving technology, the breeches buoy. Secured firmly to ship and shore, the device permitted the transfer of stranded passengers to safety by means of a pulley that was hauled back and forth by crews at either end. Cropped down to its essentials, Homer's composition thrusts us into the midst of the action with massive waves rolling past, drenching the semiconscious woman and her anonymous savior. The Life Line was immediately recognized by critics as a major contribution to American art, portraying a heroic, contemporary subject with both painterly virtuosity and detailed observation. [from Philadelphia Museum of Art]
Artist:Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910
Building:Philadelphia Museum of Art
Country:United States

Scripture:Psalm 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18
Lectionary links:AProp07
General Subject:Rescue

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Attribution:Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910. Life Line, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 28, 2020]. Original source:
Record Number:55847 Last Updated: 2014-03-21 17:24:08 Record Created: 2014-03-21 17:24:08
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition