Arno

1839
Horatio Greenough (American, 1805–1852)


Object Place: Florence, Italy

Dimensions

Overall: 64.1 x 130.8 x 57.2cm (25 1/4 x 51 1/2 x 22 1/2in.) Mount (Rolling steel base with 7/8" thick painted wooden skirts): 91.4 x 103.8 x 180 cm (36 x 40 7/8 x 70 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1973.601

Medium or Technique

Marble

On View

Liberty Mutual Gallery (Gallery 136)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture

Greenough was America’s first important sculptor in marble. Inspired by painter Washington Allston, whose work is displayed nearby, Greenough traveled to Italy to seek professional training. In Rome, he apprenticed with Danish master Bertel Thorwaldsen, among the era’s leading Neoclassical sculptors. In 1828 Greenough’s Florence studio became a center for traveling American artists, writers, and patrons. Many visitors met Greenough’s beloved greyhound Arno, named after the river that runs through Florence. Greenough doubtless captured Arno’s actual appearance, but the piece also recalls the realistic sculptures of dogs, popular in ancient Rome.

Provenance

Mr. Whitwell, Boston; William Sturgis, Boston; Peter Charden Brooks, Medford, Massachusetts; Edward Everett, Cambridge, Massachusetts; William Everett, Quincy, Massachusetts; John Horrigan, Quincy; Gerald Horrigan, Braintree, Massachusetts; purchased in 1973 by the Museum.

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund