Amor Caritas

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Modeled 1897, cast after 1899

Artist:

Augustus Saint-Gaudens
American, born Ireland, 1848–1907

About this artwork

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was a leading sculptor of the Gilded Age. This elaborately draped, angelic female figure is the culmination of Saint-Gaudens’s studies of allegorical figures, which included similar designs for both the Edwin D. Morgan tomb in Hartford, Connecticut, and the mantelpiece in the house of Cornelius Vanderbilt II in New York. Amor Caritas (Angel of Charity) probably depicts Davida Clark, the artist’s mistress. Saint-Gaudens often depicted angels, as did many other late 19th-century artists, to symbolize the perceived virtues of women. The sculptor brought a level of naturalism to his ideal figure, particularizing the facial features and rendering the drapery so that it appears to fall atop the human form beneath.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Title

Amor Caritas

Origin

United States

Date

1897

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Inscribed, lower left: "AVGVSTVS./SAINT-GAVDENS/MDCCCXCVII" Plaque at top inscribed: "Amor Caritas"

Dimensions

131.4 × 80.7 cm (51 3/4 × 31 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Roger McCormick Fund

Reference Number

1982.211

Extended information about this artwork

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