Mihály Munkácsy’s Blind Milton Dictating Paradise Lost to His Daughters: Contemporary Views


  • Bogdan Horbal The New York Public Library




At the pick of his career, Mihály Munkácsy (1844–1900) was seen in the first rank of living artists. Many of his works were acquired by American collectors, including Blind Milton Dictating “Paradise Lost” to His Daughters. This large work had been displayed in many European cities before it arrived in New York City to be permanently displayed at the Lenox Library, the predecessor of the New York Public Library. The article discusses the marketing and the reception of the painting in the late 19th century.


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