Art: La Follette in Marble

The best Greek sculptors created ideal, wholly impersonal types of physical perfection. When this sculpture filtered into Rome, puissant Roman sculptors were dissatisfied with merely copying the Greeks. Realists, they chiselled the seamed, tense, virile faces of the men who built Rome, who strove for justice and power rather than beauty. In modern sculpture both these tendencies are visible. Modern sculptors of character, Roman in tradition, sometimes meet a subject with Roman attributes.

The impressive result of one such meeting was displayed, last week, in Manhattan—a five-ton marble statue of the late...

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