Saint Gaudens and His Sherman

Sculpting the Sherman Monument Augustus Saint Gaudens, recognized since his Farragut, 1880, as one of America's most skilled and innovative sculptors, was already ill in 1891, when he accepted the commission for an equestrian…

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America’s Response Monument at Ground Zero

I'm happy that the there is now one figurative sculpture at the World Trade Center site: it honors the Americans who fought in the wake of 9/11. While construction on the…

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Rocket Man Among the Soccer Players

Zig-zagging through the soccer games in Flushing Meadow one sunny Sunday, I came up behind this sculpture. Comments follow each photo. Note: "proper left" means "the statue's own left," rather than…

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My Shot (Hamilton 8)

Have you stopped to think about the way "My Shot" builds on the opening number of Hamilton: An American Musical?  It sets him up as a young hero eager to change the…

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Eakins and Asepsis (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1)

A couple weeks ago, while zipping through the Metropolitan Museum's galleries taking photos of favorites, I spotted this 9-inch bronze in a glass case in the American Wing galleries. What's this painter…

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