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Portrait of a Woman

Artist
Edmonia Lewis, American, 1844–1907
Date
1873
Material
Marble
Made in
Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 336
Dimensions
without base: 23 x 16 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. (58.4 x 41.9 x 28.6 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Minority Artists Purchase Fund and partial gift of Thurlow E. Tibbs Jr.
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
1:1997
NOTES
Soft facial features, a delicately carved lace bodice, and wavy hair adorned with a flower communicate not only the taste and beauty of the unknown sitter, but also Edmonia Lewis’s skill as a sculptor. Lewis’s successful early career helped her finance a move to Rome in 1867, where she lived among fellow American women sculptors, including Harriet Hosmer. There, Lewis was the first American of color to gain international fame as a sculptor, and she completed many portrait commissions for visiting tourists and patrons in the United States.
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