Bacchante and Infant Faun

Frederick William MacMonnies American
Cast by Thiébaut frères French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 700

“Bacchante and Infant Faun” epitomizes the dramatic French Beaux-Arts style that dominated American sculpture during the late nineteenth century. An exuberant pagan reveler with grapes in her raised right hand holds an eager infant in the crook of her left arm. Her twinkling eyes, joyous mouth, spiraling form, lively silhouette, and richly textured surface combine to produce one of the most vibrant images in American art. MacMonnies gave this cast to the architect Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909) as thanks for a fifty-dollar loan. When McKim’s plan to install it in the courtyard of his new Boston Public Library set off an angry storm about its dubious moral tone, he instead presented it to the Metropolitan.

#3803. Bacchante and Infant Faun, Part 1



  1. 3803. Bacchante and Infant Faun, Part 1
  2. 3804. Bacchante and Infant Faun, Part 2
Bacchante and Infant Faun, Frederick William MacMonnies (American, New York 1863–1937 New York), Bronze, American

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