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Columbus

American Art
sculpture
Columbus

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Edmonia Lewis
American, 1845–after 1911

Date

ca. 1865–1867

Medium

Marble

Accession #

2010.71

Dimensions

29 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 307

Description

Little is known of the American sculptor Edmonia Lewis. Of African and Native American descent, Lewis worked most of her career in Rome. She is best known for compositions that suggest the complexities that arise at the intersections of culture and race.
Here, she depicts the famous explorer Columbus with a Native American woman at his feet, a paternalistic presentation that celebrates the discovery of the New World while suggesting the tragic impact on Native American culture that resulted.

Credit

Gift of the West Foundation in honor of Gudmund Vigtel and Michael E. Shapiro