John Pierpont Morgan Memorial--Aquarius

  • Paul Manship, John Pierpont Morgan Memorial--Aquarius, 1915-1920, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1965.16.109

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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.”

Title
John Pierpont Morgan Memorial--Aquarius
Artists
Date
1915-1920
On View
Dimensions
9 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 1/8 in. (24.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

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Keywords
  • Mythology – classical – Aquarius
  • Monument – memorial – Morgan
  • Figure male – elderly
  • Object – other – container
Object Number
1965.16.109
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