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Two Marys (Empyrean Children)

1960 William Zorach Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966 cast and patinated plaster 8 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 4 5/8 in. (21 x 14.9 x 11.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar 1968.154.133 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47A


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The two Marys, the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, are often regarded as the most important women in the Christian faith. William Zorach sculpted the two women with the infant Jesus to show the integral parts they both played in Jesus’s life. Zorach created many compositions that emphasized the bond between mother and child, and here he left no space between the figures, creating an inseparable group in which both women wrap themselves protectively around the young boy.

Keywords

Allegory - religion

Figure group - female - nude

sculpture

plaster

About William Zorach

Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966

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