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Portland Art Museum, View of Sculpture Court

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Henry Berger, Jr., Portland Art Museum, View of Sculpture Court, 1932, gelatin silver print, Gift of the Artist, public domain, 2005.1.1

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Title

Portland Art Museum, View of Sculpture Court

Artist

Henry Berger, Jr. (American, 1877-1939)

Related People

pictured in: Portland Art Museum (American, est. 1892)

Date

1932

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 13 1/4 in x 10 1/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: Portland Art Museum, before Hirsch Wing addition, verso of mat, top

signature: Berger 1932, ink, below image lower right on mat

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of the Artist

Accession Number

2005.1.1

Copyright

public domain

Terms

gelatin silver prints

museums

photographs

Picturing Oregon

sculpture

Place Made

Created in and depicts: Portland

Created in and depicts: Oregon

Description

In 1895, more than one hundred plaster casts of important Greek and Roman sculptures arrived from Europe, becoming the first works of art to enter the Museum's permanent collection. Plaster casts were opular objects in many American museums during the late nineteenth century, and educated visitors about classical sculpture from antiquity. Students of the Museum Art School, which opened in 1909, frequently sketched the works in the pursuit of proper physical form, proportion, balance, and volume. In an era when few art classes permitted live nude models, these plaster casts became invaluable tools for instruction about the human body.

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