Poetry (bust of figure on front facade of New York Public Library

  • Paul Wayland Bartlett, Poetry (bust of figure on front facade of New York Public Library, ca. 1915, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III, 1958.11.14

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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
Poetry (bust of figure on front facade of New York Public Library
Artists
Date
ca. 1915
On View
Dimensions
27 3/4 x 22 5/8 x 11 1/8 in. (70.5 x 57.6 x 28.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – New York Public Library
  • Allegory – arts and sciences – poetry
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Figure female – bust
  • Dress – historic – classical dress
Object Number
1958.11.14
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