Two Marys (Empyrean Children)

  • William Zorach, Two Marys (Empyrean Children), 1960, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar, 1968.154.133

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The two Marys, the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, are often regarded as the most important women in the Christian faith. William Zorach sculpted the two women with the infant Jesus to show the integral parts they both played in Jesus’s life. Zorach created many compositions that emphasized the bond between mother and child, and here he left no space between the figures, creating an inseparable group in which both women wrap themselves protectively around the young boy.

Title
Two Marys (Empyrean Children)
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Date
1960
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Dimensions
8 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 4 5/8 in. (21 x 14.9 x 11.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar

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Keywords
  • Figure group – female – nude
  • Allegory – religion
Object Number
1968.154.133
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