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Love’s Memories

American Art
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Love’s Memories

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Thomas Ball
American, 1819–1911

Date

1873

Medium

Marble

Accession #

2010.55

Dimensions

30 3/4 x 14 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 311

Description

Following the death of his father, Thomas Ball left school to support his family. He worked as an errand boy at the New England Museum in Boston, which led to his study and practice of art. Love’s Memories depicts a pensive Cupid seated on an Ionic capital. With his right leg crossed and his hand resting beneath his chin, the Cupid’s posture is relaxed but thoughtful. This piece draws on Victorian sentiment and remains in the tradition of Ball’s realistic yet unpretentious sculpture.

Credit

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