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Poetry (bust of figure on front facade of New York Public Library

ca. 1915 Paul Wayland Bartlett Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925 bronze 27 3/4 x 22 5/8 x 11 1/8 in. (70.5 x 57.6 x 28.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III 1958.11.14 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20A


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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 - poetry

Architecture Exterior - civic - New York Public Library

Dress - historic - classical dress

Figure female - bust

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Wayland Bartlett

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

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