Bessie Potter Vonnoh American
Cast by Roman Bronze Works

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Vonnoh is best-known for her sculpted representations of motherhood in which intimate mood and impressionistic handling of form take precedence over close physical description. In "Enthroned" she links the timeless mother-and-child theme with a sensitive representation of a woman ensconced in a throne-like chair with an infant resting on her lap and a daughter standing on either side. Although the mother has been identified as Helena Walter, a German immigrant, the group is not a portrait, but rather a personification of an ideal modern Madonna—dignified, enthroned, and venerated.

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

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