Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908)
marble, Overall: h. 127.00 cm (50 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.15
Hosmer is the best known female member of a large group of American artists working in Italy during the mid 1800s. The Sleeping Faun, a depiction of a pointed-eared woodland spirit, demonstrates her mastery of the neoclassical style, which was inspired by the art of ancient Greece and Rome. Hosmer’s playful sense of humor infuses the composition: a half-human, half-goat satyr mischievously ties the unwitting faun’s animal skin garment to a tree stump.