Appeal to the Great Spirit
The artist exhibited this bronze statue at the 1911 winter exhibition of the National Academy of Design and lent it to the mfa, Boston in 1912. It was purchased the next year by subscription, largely through a gift by Peter C. Brooks.
The statue was cast in Paris in 1909 and brought to the United States in 1912, and sold by the artist, Cyrus Dallin, to the mfa in 1913. Dallin’s Appeal to the Great Spirit is one of the most understudied works at mfa.
Mr. Dallin was a native of Utah, the young Dallin frequently interacted with Native American children, giving him insights that he called upon while creating this and other works. The model who posed for the sculpture was Antonio Corsi, an Italian who modeled for several great painters and sculptors of the era.
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