Frederick William MacMonnies
On View: Special Exhibition Gallery, 5th Floor
“Nude Art in Museum Stirs Taxpayers.” “Shocked by Nude Art in Brooklyn.” These 1914 headlines were sparked by the debate surrounding Frederick William MacMonnies’s Bacchante, considered by some viewers to be “vulgar” and “immoral.” American audiences were scandalized by both the young woman’s nudity and her seeming intoxication (a bacchante was a female follower of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine).
86 1/2 x 31 x 33 3/4 in., 1100 lb. (219.7 x 78.7 x 85.7 cm, 498.96kg) (show scale)
Incised on top of base at proper left side, in script: "F. Mac-Monnies"
Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Frederick William MacMonnies (American, 1863-1937). Bacchante, 1894. Marble, 86 1/2 x 31 x 33 3/4 in., 1100 lb. (219.7 x 78.7 x 85.7 cm, 498.96kg). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 06.33. Creative Commons-BY
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