Abundance, by Karl Bitter, featuring the Roman goddess Pomona (1915). The model, Audrey Munson, was a model for multiple statues in New York city. The first actress who appeared fully nude in a movie as a sculptor's model, she died at an age of 104 after spending her last 65 years in a psychiatric facility. More about Audrey Munson in Woman in Stone
An intimate scene behind the Maine Monument at the Columbus Circle. 1913, probably by Attillo Piccirilli. The monument is dedicated to 266 seamen who perished in the battleship Maine in 1898 in harbor of Havana, Cuba..
Bust of Sylvette, by Pablo Picasso - gift to New York University. It took me some time to figure this one out, but there is indeed a nude body hidden in the plain sight. Picasso...
Outside a small gallery in Chelsea
Mosaic gallery in Soho
Street sceene in Soho. Human body in public...
This photo of Mihail Shemyakin's Cybele, goddess of fertility and abundance, was taken in the pre-digital era. It stands on Prince Street, has eight pairs of breasts and four buttocks. Fertility it is...
The following sculptures are not exactly public, as they are located in Museum of Modern Art or Metropolitan museum, but their beauty and importance warant them a place of honor in this blog - as reference points and works of prominent sculptors.
Aristide Maillol, Mediterrenian. NY MOMA.
Bather, Jean-Antoine Hudon, 1792. The figure belonged to a fountain made for Lois-Philippe d'Orlean. Metropolitan Museum.
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