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America

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

1850/54

Artist:

Hiram Powers
American, 1805–1873

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.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 161

Artist

Hiram Powers (Sculptor)

Title

America

Origin

Italy

Date

c. 1850–1854

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

H.: 73.7 cm (29 in.)

Credit Line

Art Institute of Chicago Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1910.30

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