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Wisdom supporting Liberty

DALOU, Jules (1838 - 1902)

Wisdom supporting Liberty

Date: 1889

Media: bronze

Size: 59.7 cm

Acquired: 1978; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 2515

The figure of Wisom, dressed in a Corinthian helmet and classical robes, strenuously lifts a collapsing Liberty as her feet slide perilously over the edge of the sculpture base.She appears naked and vulnerable, apart from her ‘Phrygian Cap’ which was a potent symbol of French liberty and revolution. This cast is a small study for Dalou’s monument to the Republican politician Léon Gambetta.


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