In Arcadia

  • Bessie Potter Vonnoh, In Arcadia, ca. 1926, bronze on marble base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1994.8

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The Roman poet Virgil described Arcadia as a paradise where gods and mortals coexisted happily, and this pastoral ideal captured the imagination of many artists in the late nineteenth century. Bessie Potter Vonnoh’s version follows the vogue for elegant, stylized figures that dominated American sculpture of the 1920s. These unmistakably modern figures represent the youthful Pan amusing his lady friend with a flute.

Title
In Arcadia
Artist
Founder
Date
ca. 1926
On View
Dimensions
12 7/8 x 28 3/4 x 6 5/8 in. (32.7 x 73.1 x 16.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze on marble base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Recreation – courting
  • Performing arts – music – flute
  • Allegory – quality – harmony
Object Number
1994.8
Palette
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