Faust and Margarete (Gretchen)
Oil on canvas transferred to panel, 34 x 23 cm
by Pedro Américo, 19th century
Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragedy that follows the journey of its titular character, Faust, a disillusioned scholar who makes a pact with the Devil, Mephistopheles. Faust's insatiable thirst for knowledge and experience leads him to bargain his soul in exchange for worldly pleasures and ultimate wisdom. Through a series of trials and temptations, Faust encounters Gretchen (Margarete), whose tragic fate becomes intertwined with his own. Goethe's work delves deep into existential questions, exploring themes of human ambition, morality, and the eternal struggle between good and evil.


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