Frederick Macmonnies

  • Edmondo Quattrocchi, Frederick Macmonnies, ca. 1937, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Edmondo Quattrocchi, 1967.128.1

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Frederick MacMonnies (1863-1937) worked with Italian sculptor Edmondo Quattrocchi in the 1920s and ‘30s. Their collaboration began when MacMonnies went to Paris in 1926 to present his model for a memorial of the Marne battle. This work was commissioned as America’s gift to France in exchange for the Statue of Liberty. MacMonnies chose Quattrocchi to be the stone carver of the massive project, which he knew would be made easier with the help of a pointing machine that the Italian had designed. Quattrocchi used a life mask made years earlier to help him capture the spirit of his friend in this posthumous portrait.

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“[MacMonnies] left this earth, I am sure, with the knowledge that at least one of his colleagues held for him and for his great ability, complete and unqualified devotion and admiration." Edmondo Quattrocchi, 1961

Frederick Macmonnies
ca. 1937
28 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. (71.5 x 24.8 x 29.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Edmondo Quattrocchi

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