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Series
Miserere
Artist
Creation date
Materials
aquatint
Dimensions
25 3/4 x 20 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of W. J. Holliday, Jr.
Accession number
78.307
Collection
Not Currently On View

The idea for the Miserere arose from the vast human suffering of World War I.  In this plate from the series, a Chinese scholar ponders how gunpowder, which the Chinese had invented to produce delightful fireworks, had been turned to such destructive purposes.

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