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Fortitude

1955 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze on marble and wood base 14 3/8 x 12 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. (36.4 x 31.8 x 15.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.17 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


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In 1932, Paul Manship completed the statue Abraham Lincoln, The Hoosier Youth for the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The final statue, together with its base, is a massive twenty-two feet tall and shows a young Lincoln sitting on a tree stump with a dog at his side. Fortitude is one of four small relief medallions that adorn the base of the statue. Manship sculpted these images to represent the "major qualities which Lincoln possessed---Patriotism, Justice, Fortitude and Charity" (Manship, quoted in Harry Rand, Paul Manship, 1989). In this bronze image the muscular figure together with the lion symbolize great physical and mental strength.

Keywords

Allegory - quality - fortitude

Animal - lion

Figure male - nude

Study - sculpture model

sculpture - relief

metal - bronze

stone - marble

wood

cast

relief

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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