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Philosophy (bust of figure on front facade of New York Public Library)

modeled ca. 1915 Paul Wayland Bartlett Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925 Limerick Bronze Works (Founder) bronze 20 3/8 x 26 5/8 x 11 1/2 in. (51.6 x 67.5 x 29.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III 1958.11.15 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20A


Luce Center Label

The full-length statues Philosophy and Poetry stand above the grand entrance of the New York Public Library. Paul Wayland Bartlett modeled six heroic figures for this commission---History and Philosophy, Romance and Religion, Poetry and Drama---to symbolize the different fields of knowledge represented in the library. These tall sculptures, designed to sit on a one-foot-wide shelf far above ground level, were carved in high relief to exaggerate the features of the figures.

Keywords

Allegory - arts and sciences - philosophy

Architecture Exterior - civic - New York Public Library

Figure male - elderly - bust

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Wayland Bartlett

Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925

About Limerick Bronze Works

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