Ideal Christ

  • Hiram Powers, Ideal Christ, modeled 1864, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.79

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This sculpture was probably inspired by a cast of an ivory crucifix that Hiram Powers kept on his studio wall. After he finished this plaster model of Ideal Christ, he received an order for a replica from William H. Aspinwall, who requested that slight changes be made to the figure’s mouth. He asked the artist to “diminish its fullness as to . . . make it harmonize with the . . .

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“I have given quite three months to the model of this work. It is not easy to satisfy oneself in so high an attempt.” The artist in a letter to Sir John Naesmyth, in Richard P. Wunder, Hiram Powers, 1989-91

Title
Ideal Christ
Artist
Date
modeled 1864
On View
Dimensions
26 5/8 x 23 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. (67.6 x 59.1 x 35.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
Object Number
1968.155.79
Palette
Linked Open Data
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