The Vine: August 15, 2012
I'm hoping the readers can help me and my brother out. Growing up, my parents had an art print of an angel peeking through the keyhole in Hell's door. This hung in every house we lived in for as long as we can remember. The last time my parents moved, the print was either damaged in the move itself or shortly after by water in the basement before they got a chance to hang it.
It's been years since then, but they just bought a new house and are about to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, and my brother and I are grown and have disposable incomes now, so we thought we would replace it for them. The problem is, neither of us can find it despite hours of Googling innumerable possible combinations of words.
Here's what we remember:
- the painting is cartoonish in nature (I'm not sure of the medium; could be watercolor)
- the background is light pink in the center, fading to white at the edges
- the door says "Hell" on it
- there is a single word below the painting itself — we think it's the artist's name — in large red letters (could be Miko — there's almost certainly an "i" in it — though that's not turning anything up)
I realize that's not much, but it really is that simple — an angel sneaking a peek at Hell through the keyhole of the door. I mean, I could practically draw the thing from memory, but I don't think that would be suitable for framing. I've searched everything I can think of ("keyhole of hell" returns some interesting image results), including Philadelphia-area museum collections, since that's where we lived when we first remember it (in the early to mid-1980s) — I thought maybe they'd seen it at an exhibit and bought a print. No luck. I could just ask my parents, but we would really love for it to be a surprise. Any help would be appreciated.
Melanie and Nate
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