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The Stokowski Symphony (1934), a tonal portrait of composer Leopold Stokowski by partially deaf artist Dorothy Brett, painted in soft pastels to convey the mystery of musical experience. Dorothy Brett (American, b. Great Britain, 1883–1977) Taos, New Mexico Oil on canvas 36 1/4 x 18 3/8 inches (92.1 x 46.7 centimeters) The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection 48 PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE modern life. As the world around them became increasingly secular and urbanized, these makers imagined new expressions of spiritual awareness that drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources: phi- losophy, mythology, psychology, poetry, and ideologies ranging from established religious doctrines (Christianity and Buddhism) to newer, lesser-known schools of thought (eosophy and Anthropos- ophy). Despite this diversity, common threads are found in an em- phasis on transformation, allusion to forces within and forces beyond, and the depiction of otherworldly figures.