modeled 1864, carved c. 1870
Overall: 127 cm (50 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.15
Hosmer said, "I honor every woman who has strength enough to step out of the beaten path. . . ."
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.
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