An Honest Likeness

Lincoln portrait

In April, “Abraham Lincoln and Diogenes,” painted by Solomon Nunes Carvalho in 1865, was on public view for the first time in a decade, in honor of the publication of “Lincoln and the Jews,” co-authored by Professor Jonathan Sarna ’75, MA’75. The 44-by-34-inch oil, part of the Rose Art Museum collection, is the only known portrait of Lincoln by a Jewish contemporary. The figure on the right is the ancient philosopher Diogenes, gesturing in stunned amazement after finally finding his honest man.

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