Artwork of the Week: April 10

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, born Ireland, 1848–1907), Victory (from the Sherman Monument). Gilded bronze, modeled 1902, cast 1908. Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott, 1986.34. H: 42 1/2 in., in the special exhibition The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes, Galleries 28 and 29

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, born Ireland, 1848–1907), Victory (from the Sherman Monument). Gilded bronze, modeled 1902, cast 1908. Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott, 1986.34. H: 42 1/2 in., in the special exhibition The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes, Galleries 28 and 29

At the turn of the 20th century, the Civil War still lingered as the most stunning event in American history. The drive to memorialize the war induced artists to create definitive images of its famous figures. Regarded by his contemporaries as the foremost American sculptor of his generation, Augustus Saint-Gaudens set the standard in portraiture and memorials. Among his monuments to Union Civil War heroes is his last major work, the over-life-size, gilded equestrian portrait of General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820–1891) led by winged Victory, which Saint-Gaudens intended “to express victory and peace at the same time.” The Museum’s Victory is a reduced version of the monument figure.


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