sculptor Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908)
modeled 1864, carved c. 1870
Overall - h:127.00 l:152.40 cm (h:50 l:60 inches) Wt: 1500 lbs. crated upon arrival at CMA
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Hosmer is the best known female member of a large group of American artists working in Italy during the mid 1800s. The Sleeping Faun, a depiction of a pointed-eared woodland spirit, demonstrates her mastery of the neoclassical style, which was inspired by the art of ancient Greece and Rome. Hosmer’s playful sense of humor infuses the composition: a half-human, half-goat satyr mischievously ties the unwitting faun’s animal skin garment to a tree stump.
Signed and inscribed on base: "H HOSMER Fecit -- Romae"; titled on base: "THE SLEEPING FAUN"