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Frederick Hart, Saint Peter (Full Scale)
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TITLE:  Saint Peter (Full Scale)
ARTIST:  Frederick Hart (American, 1943–1999)
WORK DATE:  2003
CATEGORY:  Sculptures
SIZE:  h: 70 x w: 25 x d: 20 in / h: 177.8 x w: 63.5 x d: 50.8 cm
STYLE:  Contemporary
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GALLERY:  Robin Rile Fine Art  +1-813-340-9629  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Frederick Hart’s saints “Peter” and “Paul” for the Western façade of Washington National Cathedral have more in common with the nouveau-Gothic trumeau sculptures of Donatello, such as “St. Mark” (marble, 1411-1413) from Or San Michelle in Firenze, than with Rodin’s free-standing modele of “St. John the Baptist Preaching”. Rodin’s “St. John”, although intended to be seen from the front is compelling when presented in the round, so that the viewer might interact with the sculpture as though living. Hart’s “St. Peter” and “St. Paul” were intended with viewer perspective to be from below front. Detail is rendered not at eye-level, but in a more coarse cross-hatching similar to the “Ex Nihilo” figures, although more in keeping with the Donatello ethos. “St. Peter” is the only of Hart’s figures from the West façade with eyes open. He grasps his netting (a traditional symbol for Peter) with his thick, muscled arms as he pensively awaits direction from God. “St. Paul” emerges from his billowing robes as though through a fog. His outstretched hand leads his way, sightless, into God’s grace as his sword falls limply by his side. (Text © 2012 Reed V. Horth, for RRFA)
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Robin Rile Fine Art Inventory Catalogue
LITERATURE:  Frederick Hart Sculptor, Brown, J. Carter, Wolfe, T. Hudson Hills Press 1994. Pg. 33, 36 [illustration of marble, carved by Vincent Palumbo for Washington National Cathedral]
Frederick Hart Changing Tides, by Michael Novak, pg. 44. [illustration of another cast]
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