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Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian, 1777–1850)
Date: 1845Accession Number: 03.11a–d
Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier (French, 1827–1905)
Date: 1862Accession Number: 2006.113a–c
Date: 1861Accession Number: 2006.112a–c
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This space within The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Galleries houses four of the Museum's most popular pieces of nineteenth-century sculpture. The great Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova is represented by the figure of the Reclining Naiad (water nymph). The figure's pose and hairstyle recall sculpture from classical antiquity, as does the use of white marble. Marble is used to very different effect for the sculpture of Cupid with two sleeping figures. Signed by Lorenzo Bartolini, the highly detailed sculpture is a tour de force of marble carving. In contrast, Charles Cordier's two busts of African women are made of bronze embellished with enamel and onyx, reflecting a new taste for polychromed sculpture.
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