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Vanity

1915 Charles Louis Hinton Born: Ithaca, New York 1869 Died: Bronxville, New York 1950 bronze 26 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (67.2 x 59.7 x 21.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1952.5.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 19B


Luce Center Label

This allegory has been a popular subject in literature and art dating back to the Middle Ages. Vanity personifies all the temptations and self-serving pleasures of the world. In Charles Louis Hinton’s version, the idealized figure has been replaced with a naturalistic, female nude. She turns her head and leans slightly back to look at her reflection. Her vanity is evident in her sensual, studied pose, which exudes beauty and self-confidence.

Keywords

Allegory - quality - vanity

Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude

Object - furniture - mirror

sculpture

metal - bronze