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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 34, August 2, 1853

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Identifier: DX04061740

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 34, August 2, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to the Crystal palace in New York, and describes the sculptures he saw there.

look where you would the building [Crystal Palace in New York] charmed the eye. Visitors, though in no great number, mostly country folk all about. The Sculpture first attracts attention. Italian works, in white marble. A nude Italian girl, dormant sensuality the prevailing sentiment, figure too lifelike to be of the higher order of art. “Eve after the Fall,” (Austrian), I think, exquisite. A sweet sorrowful startled face, and delicious figure, hair rich and clustering falling down the fair smooth back. Serpent attacking and attacked, by lions, — don’t think much of ‘t. But turn to Kiss’s “Amazon” in bronze. Oh the divine beauty of that wrought conception. That brave, beautiful [word crossed out] face, with wild hair flowing back from the Phrygian cap surmounting it, that noble, womanly, and yet heroic figure, so perfect in its perfec development and fulness; the startled and agonized horse, and the savage beast assailing him! In all the casts, statuettes and pictures I have seen, the impression conveyed is that the Amazon will be overpowered, and the sentiment of pain is left with you. But not so with the real work. You know that the tiger will fall death-stricken through eyeball and brain, and have no fear for that glorious, indignant by but assured heroine. This work is the finest in the building, and you leave thinking so. Honor to Sculptor Kiss. He has another exquisite figure in white marble. A recumbent sylph, lying half backwards, with such a sweet pure face, and deliciously curved mouth you wonder whether he didn’t kiss it on completion. / There’s a little Italian girl threading a needle, toes turned in and eyes intent, so

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-02

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.)


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