A Youth Playing the Pipes

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Date:
1884

Medium:
Plaster

Dimensions:
19 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (48.9 x 19 x 3.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 118, American Art, first floor (Provident National Bank Gallery)

Accession Number:
1975-88-1

Credit Line:
Gift of Alton O'Steen, 1975

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Label:
Around 1883 Eakins began exploring classical themes, a genre popular at the time. In this idyllic relief, the artist recalls the sculptural frieze of the Greek Parthenon, plaster copies of which lined the walls of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Eakins viewed the Parthenon frieze as "the highest perfection of relief."


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