The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 19, 2018

The Sleeping Faun, modeled 1864, carved c. 1870

marble, Overall: h. 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.

Signed and inscribed on base: "H HOSMER Fecit -- Romae"; titled on base: "THE SLEEPING FAUN"

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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