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Amor Caritas
Augustus Saint-Gaudens - 
American sculpture (1848-1907) 
Private collection 
Bronze with greenish brown patina 
40 in. (101.6 cm.) high 
Inscribed 'AVGVSTVS/SAINT GAVDENS/MDCCCXC---' (lower left)--stamped with title (upper center)--inscribed '© by Augustus Saint Gaudens M/DCCCXCIX' (on a medallion affixed to the bronze on the right edge)
Jpg: Christies

 From Christies 

A quintessential example of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Beaux-Arts style, Amor Caritas, which translates to "Angel of Charity", is derived from several earlier commissions incorporating draped female figures, and portraits of the artist's favorite model Davida Clark. Among these are his 1879-80 project for the Edwin D. Morgan tomb which was never completed, his 1881-83 caryatid figures for a mantlepiece in Cornelius Vanderbilt II's New York mansion, and the design of 1887 for the Ann Maria Smith tomb at the Island Cemetary, Newport, Rhode Island.  

Dissatisfied with the translation into stone of his design for the Smith tomb, and inspired by John Singer Sargent's praise of the model, Saint-Gaudens reworked his design in 1898. Amor Caritas was exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 where it was awarded the Grand Prize. The French government purchased a bronze cast of this relief for the Luxembourg Museum--a great honor for an American artist. In 1918, an example was cast in gilt-bronze for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 

Saint-Gaudens cast approximately twenty reductions of Amor Caritas in response to the Salon reception and to the public's enthusiasm for the model. These were marketed in New York by Tiffany & Co. and in Boston by Doll & Richards. Additional examples of the present work are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts. 




Private estate, Florida. 
Christie's, New York, 4 December 1992, lot 172. 
Acquired by the present owner from the above. 


L. Taft, The History of American Sculpture, New York, 1924, 1969 reprint, pp. 296, another cast illustrated. 
J.H. Dryfhout, The Work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Hanover, New Hampshire, pp. 234-235, another cast illustrated. 


Sold at Christies, New York, Dec 04, 2003; Lot 34, Sale # 1309; 153,100 US  


By:  Natasha Wallace
Copyright 1998-2003 all rights reserved
Created 11/6/2003
Updated 12/8/2003




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