Example 155: Nineteenth-century memorial/sculpture

[Note: A fuller record for example number 155 can be seen at http://www.getty.edu]


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Work Record
Class[controlled]: • architecture  • sculpture  • American art
*Work Type [link]: • memorial  • historic monument
*Title/Name: Lincoln Memorial Title Type: preferred
*Creator Display: architect Henry Bacon (American, 1866-1924) and sculptor Daniel Chester French (American, 1850-1931)
*Role [link]: architect [link]: Bacon, Henry
*Role [link]: sculptor [link]: French, Daniel Chester
*Creation Date Display: designed 1911-1912; constructed 1914-1922
[controlled]: Qualifier: design Earliest: 1911 Latest: 1912 | Qualifier: construction Earliest: 1914 Latest: 1922
*Subject [links]: • architecture  • commemoration  • Abraham Lincoln (American president, 1809-1865)  • Union (United States)  • temples  • Doric order  • columns  • states (political divisions)
Culture [link]: American
*Current Location [link]: Washington (District of Columbia, United States)
*Measurements: building: 30.18 m (height) (99 feet); statue: 5.79 m (height) (19 feet)
[controlled] Extent: building Value: 30.18 Unit: m Type: height | Extent: statue Value: 5.79 Unit: m Type: width
*Materials and Techniques: exterior: Colorado Yule marble; tripods: Pink Tennessee marble; interior walls and columns: Indiana limestone; ceiling: Alabama marble saturated with paraffin for translucency; floor and wall base: Pink Tennessee marble; pedestal and platform for statue: Tennessee marble; statue: White Georgia marble
Extent: building Material [links]: • marble  • limestone  |  Extent: sculpture Material [links]: • marble
Inscriptions: inscribed above the statue: IN THIS TEMPLE / AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE / FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION / THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN / IS ENSHRINED FOREVER; [the northern wall contains an inscription of Lincoln’s second inaugural speech, the southern wall contains an inscription of the Gettysburg address]
Description: Design was chosen by competition. The chosen design was influenced by the Greek Parthenon. Built into the design are symbols of the Union like the 36 exterior Doric columns representing the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death.
Description Source [link]: Mall in Washington, 1791-1991. Edited by Richard Longstreth. Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 1991.

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