Frederick William MacMonnies
On View: American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor
"Nude Art In Museum Stirs Taxpayers." "Shocked by Nude Art in Brooklyn." "Museum Statues Given Clean Bill." These 1914 headlines were sparked by the debate surrounding Frederick William MacMonnies' Bacchante, considered by some viewers to be "vulgar" and "immoral."
86 1/2 x 31 x 33 3/4 in. (219.7 x 78.7 x 85.7 cm) (show scale)
Incised on top of base at proper left side, in script: "F. Mac-Monnies"
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Frederick William MacMonnies (American, 1863-1937). Bacchante, 1894. Marble, 86 1/2 x 31 x 33 3/4 in. (219.7 x 78.7 x 85.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 06.33. Creative Commons-BY
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Statue of dancing nude female figure holding nude infant boy in proper left hand and holds up a bunch of grapes in her right hand; woman stands on proper right toe on round, stepped pedestal base, bends body to right, and raises left leg across front; she has an expression of delightful abandon with eyes half-closed and a large grin; lion pelt draped over her left arm falls to ground and serves as support; infant looks intently at grapes.
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