Lady Godiva

  • Paul Manship, Lady Godiva, 1958, bronze, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.75

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Lady Godiva lived in Coventry, England, in the eleventh century. She was concerned about the poverty of the local peasantry and asked her husband, Leofric, the Earl of Mercia and a powerful nobleman, to reduce the taxes. He agreed on the condition that she would ride naked through the streets of Coventry. This she did, and the taxes were abolished. Although we know that Lady Godiva did exist, the legendary ride is probably a myth that has been exaggerated by storytellers through the centuries.

Title
Lady Godiva
Artists
Date
1958
On View
Dimensions
7 7/8 x 7 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. (20.0 x 19.6 x 7.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Godiva, Lady – nude
  • Portrait female – Godiva, Lady – equestrian portrait
  • Animal – horse
  • Literature – character – Lady Godiva
Object Number
1966.47.75
Palette
Emoji
URL
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