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John Pierpont Morgan Memorial--Taurus

1915-1920 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 9 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 1/8 in. (24.2 x 11.2 x 0.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.111 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A


Luce Center Label

John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) was a prominent Gilded Age financier. When Pierpont died in 1913, Paul Manship began working on a memorial tablet commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which eventually received almost forty percent of Pierpont’s collection of medieval and Renaissance art. This uniface cast represents one of the signs of the zodiac that line the sides of the Morgan tablet, which appears in the southeast wall of the museum’s vestibule. Manship intended these figures to represent the “Cycle of the Year” or the “Compass of Life.”

Keywords

Animal - cattle

Monument - memorial - Morgan

Mythology - classical - Taurus

sculpture - relief

metal - bronze

cast

relief

About Paul Manship

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

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