The Museum’s Head of Victory sculpture is a reproduction of a cast that entered the collection shortly before Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s (American, born Ireland, 1848-1907) death in 1907. He began producing bronze casts of Head of Victory in 1902, and they were sold in an unlimited edition. The sculpture terminates at the neck and rests on a tablet inscribed NIKH-EIPHNH (Victory-Peace), reiterating his stated symbolism for Manhattan’s Sherman Monument’s Victory figure. Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, born Ireland, 1848-1907) was a French-Irish immigrant who became the greatest American sculptor of his day. During the three decades of his remarkable career, Saint-Gaudens redirected and invigorated the course of American sculpture to a lively, naturalistic style both in his public monuments and in his statuettes, portrait busts, and reliefs. In 1892 Saint-Gaudens earned a commission for an equestrian monument to Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman. Located in Grand Army Plaza at 5th Avenue and 59th Street, this gilded bronze monument is one of Manhattan’s finest public sculptures. The battle-hardened Sherman is led on his horse by a winged classicized female Victory bearing traditional attributes of a laurel crown and a palm leaf.
Made of bonded bronze (cold cast). "Cold-Cast" bronze (also referred to as "bonded bronze") is a product made from resin mixed/blended with 100% pure bronze powder to give it the appearance of the true bronze. It looks just as a "lost wax" bronze object does - both are bronzes. The cost for making a "lost wax" bronze statue is much greater than that of a "cold-cast" bronze statue. A sculpture made of "lost wax" bronze would be several times more expensive then made in cold cast bronze. Yet in either of the above materials, the casts (the final product made out of the mold) are made using the same rubber mold; which is taken from the original sculpture. Thus, the final result is exactly the same bronze sculpture, only made in a different bronze material. With the cold cast we still achieve the same bronze effect at much lower cost and thus is more affordable.
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