Abdiel

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1838/43

Artist:

Horatio Greenough
American, 1805–1852

About this artwork

Horatio Greenough lived in Italy for most of his adult life and is recognized as the first American to pursue marble sculpting as a profession. This bust is one of two sculptures he produced depicting Abdiel, an angel from John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. With his finely chiseled features, pronounced profile, and elaborately carved Greek warrior’s helmet, Abdiel resembles the Classical statue Apollo Belvedere. Through his production of idealist works such as Abdiel and his writings on aesthetics, Greenough sought to educate Americans about art and culture, and to inspire them to produce a national art that reflected democratic values.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Horatio Greenough

Title

Abdiel

Origin

United States

Date

1838–1843

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

H.: 61 cm (24 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth G. H. Bartol

Reference Number

1894.562

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