Philosophy (bust of figure on front facade of New York Public Library)

  • Paul Wayland Bartlett, Philosophy (bust of figure on front facade of New York Public Library), modeled ca. 1915, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III, 1958.11.15

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The full-length statues Philosophy and Poetry stand above the grand entrance of the New York Public Library. Paul Wayland Bartlett modeled six heroic figures for this commission---History and Philosophy, Romance and Religion, Poetry and Drama---to symbolize the different fields of knowledge represented in the library. These tall sculptures, designed to sit on a one-foot-wide shelf far above ground level, were carved in high relief to exaggerate the features of the figures.

Title
Philosophy (bust of figure on front facade of New York Public Library)
Artist
Founder
Date
modeled ca. 1915
Location
Dimensions
20 3/8 x 26 5/8 x 11 1/2 in. (51.6 x 67.5 x 29.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – arts and sciences – philosophy
Object Number
1958.11.15
Palette
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