Deutsch, David. Rotunda

David Deutsch, Rotunda, 2002

Artist: David Deutsch (American, b. 1943)

Title: Rotunda


Date: 2002

Dimensions: 64″ x 71″

Location in Library: First floor

Media: Oil on linen

Owner: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. Purchased with Dormitory Authority of New York Art Acquisition Funds. © David Deutsch


By painting scores of miniature, indecipherable, framed portraits in a tightly formed grid, the artist creates the illusion that the portraits are installed along the curve of a vast, architectural rotunda. The painting engages the viewer in a search for the details of each tiny portrait while simultaneously giving the impression of standing in the grandeur of a dome such as the Pantheon. His use of sepia tones further enhances this sense of antiquity. Deutsch has said, “I’m attracted to shadows, to the psychological presence cast by the face.”

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