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Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Alfred Gilbert's commemorative sculpture Kiss of Victory shows a Roman legionary fallen in battle and embraced at the moment of death by the genius or spirit of victory. It is possible that Gilbert began Kiss of Victory as a private memorial to his brother Gordon who had died only months before Gilbert started working on the sculpture. It was designed in Paris, where Gilbert studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. On the encouragement of his professor, Pierre-Jules Cavelier, Gilbert traveled to Rome, where he executed the sculpture in marble.[P][I]Kiss of Victory[/I] was commissioned by Somerset Beaumont (1835-1921), one of Gilbert's most loyal patrons and friends throughout his career. As a private commission, the sculpture was intended to be seen close up in an intimate space such as a drawing room or entrance hall.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 17, 2009