Artist: Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1872–1955 New York)

Date: 1902, cast 1906

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 10 in. (30.5 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of George A. Hearn, 1906

Accession Number: 06.298


After returning from a trip to Paris in 1895, Vonnoh was inspired by the domestic subject matter of paintings by Mary Cassatt and sculpture by French master Auguste Rodin. In "Enthroned", Vonnoh linked the ageless mother-and-child motif with a representation of genteel turn-of-the-century life. Her modern Madonna is a refined woman ensconced in a thronelike chair with an infant resting on her lap and a daughter standing on either side. As is common in Vonnoh's sculptures, the subjects are further united through the impressionistic treatment of surface and the melting lines of flowing cloth.