Henry Linder (American, Brooklyn, New York 1854–1910 Brooklyn, New York)
1909, cast 1914
Bronze and silver electroplate
39 x 13 x 11 in. (99.1 x 33 x 27.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1914
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Linder’s “Oriental Art,” for the facade of the Fine Arts Building at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis, inspired further exploration of the theme of the freestanding female as an allegory of art. “Medieval Art,” a heavily draped women holding a covered beaker and a reliquary in either hand, is his only other known example of this type of personification. It was modeled in 1909, just a year before the sculptor’s death and was cast in bronze posthumously. Primarily a decorative sculptor, Linder is best known for his domestic objects including andirons, candlesticks, and inkwells that often incorporate figures of capricious children.