Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens

Dionysus, by Edward Francis McCartans, 1936

Anna Hyatt Huntington was a largely self taught sculpter who grew up in a family of scientists who studied animals. From a young age she was fascinated by and loved to study animals too. She did study sculpture later under Herman MacNeil and Guzton Borglum at the Art Students League of New York.

Anna and Archer Huntington built these gardens around the idea of having a large American figurative sculpture collection at Brookgreen Gardens, especially those pieces that could be situated in an outdoor setting. And of course the collection was built around Anna's own sculpture. Today at Brookgreen there are over 1200 sculptures by 350 artists - from the 19th century to the 21st century. Here are a few photos of some of my favorites.

Diana of the Chase, Anna Hyatt Huntington

Alligator Bender, Nathaniel Choate

Christ Child, Adam Belskie

Riders of the Dawn, Adolph Alexander Weinman

Inspired by Psalm 139

Samuel and the Lion

Reaching Jaguar, Anna Hyatt Huntington

The Vortex

all photos via Whitehaven

1 comment:

  1. Thanks to these posts I've learned about the Huntingtons. Mr. Huntington also founded the Mariners' Museum in Newport News a favorite that we visited on our honeymoon many years ago.