Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908)
Marble, Overall: 127 cm (50 in.). 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.
The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1989-1996.Scudiere del Quirinale (3/5/2003 - 6/29/2003): "Maestá di Roma, da Napoleon all'Unita d'Italia: Il Mito Classico e Christiano", figure XII.10, p. 275.
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