Augustus Saint-Gaudens / Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer (Mariana Griswold) / 1888; this cast, 1890Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer (Mariana Griswold)
1888; this cast, 1890

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Creator Name: Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1848-1907
Creator Name-CRT: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Title: Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer (Mariana Griswold)
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Creation Start Date: 1888
Creation End Date: 1888
Creation Date: 1888; this cast, 1890
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: 20 3/8 x 7 3/4 in. (51.8 x 19.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 17.104
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer, 1917

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851-1934) was a versatile critic and author who steadfastly promoted the development of the arts of the United States during the Gilded Age. She reviewed several public sculptures by Saint-Gaudens, including the Farragut Monument (1877-80; Madison Square Park, New York) and the Standing Lincoln (1884-87; Lincoln Park, Chicago), and was one of the sculptor's earliest and most committed supporters. In this relief plaque the artist has depicted the sitter within a rectangular frame with her head and shoulders facing left in bust-length profile. She wears a high Victorian collar and her hair is braided in a twist. Saint-Gaudens made full use of the textural possibilities of the bronze medium by modeling her dress with a lively surface and contrasting it with her smoothly polished skin. Above Van Rensselaer's head is incribed ANIMUS NON OPUS (The spirit, not the work), a maxim in accord with the sitter's ideals. The bronze is accompanied by a carved oak frame designed by the architect Stanford White.

AMICA ID: MMA_.17.104
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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