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Tomb Effigy of Elizabeth Boott Duveneck

Artist:
Frank Duveneck (American, Covington, Kentucky 1848–1919 Cincinnati, Ohio)
Date:
1891; cast 1927
Medium:
Bronze and gold leaf
Dimensions:
28 1/2 x 85 x 41 1/4 in. (72.4 x 215.9 x 104.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.64
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 700
After the death of Elizabeth Boott Duveneck (1846– 1888), her bereaved husband, the painter Frank Duveneck, modeled a funerary monument with the guidance of the Cincinnati sculptor Clement J. Barnhorn. Reminiscent of Gothic and Renaissance gisant (recumbent) tomb effigies, the figure reclines peacefully, arms folded over her chest. The palm branch stretching nearly the entire length of her body symbolizes Christian victory over death and suggests that her sleep is not temporary, but eternal. The original bronze is on Elizabeth Duveneck’s grave in the Cimitero Evangelico degli Allori, the Protestant cemetery on the outskirts of Florence.
Signature: [left side of base, below head]: GORHAM Co FOUNDERS. Duveneck_-1891-

Marking: [foundry mark, left side of base, below head]: GORHAM CO FOUNDERS.
Commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1927
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