Torso of Valor

  • Leo Friedlander, Torso of Valor, by 1933, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander, 1971.150

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Torso of Valor is a preparatory model for Leo Friedlander's equestrian sculptures Valor and Sacrifice, which together form the Arts of War monument, dedicated by President Harry Truman on Washington's Memorial Bridge in 1951. The finished gilded bronze monuments are the largest equestrian sculptures in America, each standing over nineteen feet high and ten feet wide. Instead of emphasizing her feminine features and idealizing her beauty, Friedlander decided to portray Valor as a fighter who personifies America's military power and moral courage in World War II.

Title
Torso of Valor
Artist
Date
by 1933
On View
Dimensions
34 3/4 x 27 3/4 x 12 3/8 in. (88.3 x 70.5 x 31.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – torso
  • Figure female – nude
Object Number
1971.150
Palette
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