Sculptures Returned to Freer Loggia, 06/11/2000

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  • Sculptures originally created to adorn the entrance of the Boston Public Library are returned to the Freer Gallery of Art and displayed at the Loggias or open galleries.
  • In 1892, the city of Boston commissioned American sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens to create two bronze grouping of allegorical figures for the main entrance of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Today, those artworks, "Law Supported by Power and Love" and " Labor Supported by Science and Art," rest on pedestals not in Boston but in the elegant loggias of the Freer Gallery of Art. Exhibits Design Specialist Karen Sasaki, who designed the Saint Gaudens installation, was charged with placing them in a setting wholly different from the one in which they were originally envisioned. The bronze sculptures now sit atop specially designed pedestals in the Freer Gallery.


  • Sasaki, Karen
  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Platt, Charles A (Charles Adams) 1861-1933
  • Saint-Gaudens, Augustus 1848-1907
  • White, Stanford 1853-1906
  • Myers, Kenneth 1955-
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Boston Public Library
  • Detroit Institute of Arts


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The Torch-No. 00-12, 2000 Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession: 05-298

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