About this artwork
This marble sculpture is based on a full-length allegorical figure first designed by Hiram Powers in 1848 to memorialize the revolutions in Europe and to celebrate the democratic values of the United States. The 13 stars in her crown represent the Union’s original states. A patriot with abolitionist sentiments, Powers believed that until the ideal of “liberty and justice for all” was realized, the social turmoil dividing slave states from free would continue to threaten the sanctity of the nation.
- Hiram Powers (Sculptor)
- c. 1850–1854
- H.: 73.7 cm (29 in.)
- Art Institute of Chicago Purchase Fund