How can statues tell stories? What might you infer about the person for whom this statue is modeled?
In this bust, Italian sculptor Giuseppe Ceracchi depicted founding father Alexander Hamilton as a Roman statesman with a classical profile and strong nose. While Hamilton has garnered recent attention as the star of an award-winning Broadway musical, in the late eighteenth century, his guise as a Roman statesman was a costume of a different sort. The white marble neoclassical sculpture drew connections between the new American republic, the ancient democracies of Greece, and the republican values of Rome.
What does Alexander Hamilton symbolize today? To what extent should the private life of a public figure be considered (judged) when evaluating his or her legacy?
What is the effect of connecting leaders of the Ancient Roman Republic and the founding leaders of the U.S.?
Exhibition sponsored by Kenneth C. Griffin
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