For the top piece on his monumental work, the great bronze doors known as "The Gates of Hell", Rodin originally intended a statue of Dante, upon whose "Inferno" the other figures on "The Gates" were modeled. Instead he finally sculpted a more universal figure, a brooding and heavily muscled man subsumed in the contemplation of mankinds folly and sin. However, its meaning has changed over time; art historian John Tancock wrote that, separated from The Gates, the figure became the universal symbol of hope and belief in mans resourcefulness that it still is today. It is in this mode that...
Created by: Rodin, Auguste
Leonie has a Simon & Halberg bisque head with brown hair and brown eyes double-check eyes. She wears a patterned brocade coat with green braid and tassels trimming; this material was hand-woven on a loom in France and Mrs. Gray paid an import duty of ten dollars in the 1940s in order to use it for this costume. It incorporates metallic thread creating a raised pattern in the silk material. The word brocade comes from the Spanish brocado, similar to the Italian broccato; both drive from the original Latin word broccus for projecting, a reference to its raised pattern. The green satin skirt has the turkey back...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Simon & Halberg
Despite his exotic-seeming name, Childe Hassam was the most Anglo-Saxon of New Englanders, his English ancestors among the first in America. Beginning his career as an illustrator, a trip to France in 1886 familiarized him with the techniques of Impressionism, inspiring paintings like "Les Grands Boulevards, Paris." He became one of the founders of the American Impressionist group known as The Ten and easily its most popular member, especially famous for his paintings of Appledore Island, New England churches and, during World War I, the American flag
Created by: Hassam, Childe
Richard Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee (1756 1818) was born to an already prominent Virginia family. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) in 1773. In 1777, as Captain of the Virginia Light Dragoons, he joined George Washington's army. Leading lightning raids on enemy supply trains, Lee gained the nickname Light-Horse Harry. He received steady promotions for his gallantry, finishing the war as a Lieutenant Colonel. As a delegate to the Continental Congress, he had proposed the resolution for independence and, after it was achieved, he supported adoption of the Constitution as a member of the...
Automatic. Blue; standard black comp. grips. 14-1/2 oz. 6-shot mag.
Born the son of a jeweler in 1796, Barye attended the Ecole de Beaux arts where he tried unsuccessfully for the Prix de Rome and the chance to study in Italy. Though he continued to compete, he won little and didnt gain entrance to the Paris Salon until he was in his thirties. After an initial success in 1831, he did well again in the Salon of 1833 with Lion Crushing a Serpent and received his first commission for a public statue. Barye loved to place his animals in combat, not only to show off the musculature of their...