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St. George

1952 Boris Lovet-Lorski Born: Kovno, Lithuania 1894 Died: New York, New York 1973 cast and gilded bronze on marble base 24 x 17 1/2 x 7 in. (61.0 x 44.5 x 17.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Boris Lovet-Lorski 1985.43 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B


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In 1939, Boris Lovet-Lorski suffered a severe arthritic attack that prevented him from carving any more sculpture. Instead, he modeled works in clay to be cast in bronze. St. George was completed in 1952, and may have been inspired by end of World War II. The legend of St. George killing a dragon and saving the king’s daughter represents the triumph of courage in the face of danger, and the artist later described St. George as a symbol of the “spirit of American youth destroying evil.”

Keywords

Equestrian

Fantasy - dragon

Religion - saint - St. George

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

About Boris Lovet-Lorski

Born: Kovno, Lithuania 1894 Died: New York, New York 1973