Liberty Still Lifts Her Lamp

January 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm / by


911 (private collection)
911 (private collection)

Yesterday I sold my first historical painting, 911. It looks back on the infamous attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. There has been renewed attention to the problem of Islamic terrorism with the recent mass attacks on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The publishers’ response was to publish another cartoon of the revered figure to assert they will not be silenced. ¬†Predictably, this provoked another round of reaction and threats. ¬†This painting presents another way to assert the triumph of liberty over her enemies.

It shows Liberty still lifts her lamp beside the golden door, in spite of the relentless and cruel attacks of her enemies.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

–from “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus


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