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Torso of Valor is a preparatory model for Leo Friedlander's equestrian sculptures Valor and Sacrifice, which together form the Arts of War monument, dedicated by President Harry Truman on Washington's Memorial Bridge in 1951. The finished gilded bronze monuments are the largest equestrian sculptures in America, each standing over nineteen feet high and ten feet wide. Instead of emphasizing her feminine features and idealizing her beauty, Friedlander decided to portray Valor as a fighter who personifies America's military power and moral courage in World War II.

Credit: Gift of Gordon D. Friedlander

By 1933
Bronze
88.3 x 70.5 x 31.3 cm
1971.150
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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