Truth

A work made of plaster.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of plaster.

Date:

1900

Artist:

Daniel Chester French
American, 1850–1931

About this artwork

In 1898 Daniel Chester French was commissioned to create six allegorical figures representing Bounty, Courage, Integrity, Prudence, Truth, and Wisdom, for the facade of the Minnesota State Capitol Building, in Saint Paul. This plaster statue is a working model and is half the size of the marble figure that appears, paired with Integrity. In his portrayal of Truth, French used symbols drawn from classical and Renaissance sources. The mirror she holds reflects life without illusions; her partial nudity alludes to the nature of truth.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Daniel Chester French (Sculptor)

Title

Truth

Origin

United States

Date

1900

Medium

Plaster

Dimensions

H.: 148.6 cm (58 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Brooks McCormick; Ethyl T. Scarborough Endowment

Reference Number

1984.531

Extended information about this artwork

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