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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

This angelic figure by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a foremost sculptor of the Gilded Age, is the culmination of his portrayals of allegorical women. He made similar designs for the tomb of Edwin D. Morgan in Hartford, Connecticut, and the mantelpiece in the house of Cornelius Vanderbilt II in New York. Like many other late 19th-century artists, Saint-Gaudens often modeled angels to symbolize the traditional virtues of women. Amor Caritas (Love [and] Charity) probably depicts Davida Clark, the artist’s mistress. Saint-Gaudens brought a level of naturalism to his ideal figure, particularizing the facial features and rendering the drapery so that it suggests the human form beneath.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 161

Artist

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (Sculptor)

Title

Amor Caritas

Origin

United States

Date

Modeled 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

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