Genius of Immortality

Isidore Konti Hungarian
Cast by Roman Bronze Works

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

“Genius of Immortality,” probably the most familiar of Konti's ideal sculptures, is personified by a seated, contemplative youth, his eyes downcast and his hands folded. The Metropolitan Museum purchased this bronze statuette in 1916 through the Gorham Company in New York, one of at least an edition of six cast by Roman Bronze Works between 1912 and 1918. Konti was later commissioned by Mrs. Edgar John Lownes to make a large bronze version of the sculpture, to be placed on her husband’s grave in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island. Konti added to the figure broad wings, supported by a marble entablature flanked by a pair of relief plaques of angels.

Genius of Immortality, Isidore Konti (Hungarian, Vienna 1862–1938 Yonkers, New York), Bronze, American

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