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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.

Status

On View, Gallery 161

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Daniel Chester French (Sculptor)

Title

Truth

Origin

New York

Date

1900

Medium

Plaster

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Brooks McCormick; Ethyl T. Scarborough Endowment

Reference Number

1984.531

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