Daniel Chester French and The Italian Factor

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Venue

The Jefferson Market Library presents an enlightening evening centered around the renowned American sculptor, Daniel Chester French, and the influence of Italian artists. Join them on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the library.

The event features a screening of the documentary “Daniel Chester French: American Sculptor” and a preview of the film “The Italian Factor” by filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley. Explore the life and works of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor behind the iconic Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial.

As a leading figure of the American Renaissance, French’s artistic contributions, including over 200 monuments, shaped the ideals and heroes of his era. The documentary delves into his collaboration with the Piccirilli brothers, an Italian sculpting family based in the Bronx, who skillfully brought French’s designs to life using traditional techniques.

Filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley provides an insightful exploration through archival footage, interviews, and stunning visuals, offering a captivating portrait of a master artist. The upcoming film, “The Italian Factor,” will further examine the relationship between Italian artists and the American Renaissance. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and artistic connections between these influential figures. The event will take place in the first-floor Willa Cather Room of the Jefferson Market Library.

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