Sir Alfred Gilbert / Kiss of Victory / 1878 - 1881Sir Alfred Gilbert
Kiss of Victory
1878 - 1881

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Creator Name: Gilbert, Alfred
Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Dates/Places: 1854 - 1934
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Sir Alfred Gilbert
Title: Kiss of Victory
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1878
Creation End Date: 1881
Creation Date: 1878 - 1881
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Marble
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H.89-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 76.32
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund

Alfred Gilbert's commemorative sculpture Kiss of Victory shows a Roman legionary fallen in battle embraced at the moment of death by the genius or spirit of victory. It is possible that Gilbert began this sculpture as a private memorial to his brother Gordon who had died only months before Gilbert started working on the piece. Although designed in Paris, while Gilbert was a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, his teacher, Pierre-Jules Cavelier, encouraged Gilbert to travel to Rome and execute the sculpture in marble.

Kiss of Victory was commissioned by Somerset Beaumont (1835-1921), one of Gilbert's most loyal patrons and friends throughout his career. As a private commission, the sculpture was intended to be seen close up in an intimate space such as a drawing room or entrance hall.

AMICA ID: MIA_.76.32
Component Measured: height only
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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