February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada, so DailyArt Magazine have been featuring interesting and overlooked African-American artists all month. I chose to write about African-American and Native-American sculptor Edmonia Lewis (c. 1844-1907). Lewis depicted characters like Cleopatra and Hiawatha in a Neo-Classical style and on a grand scale. She was a resourceful and resilient woman, who overcame significant prejudices in her life. However, her biography is still a bit of a mystery. I love Edmonia’s work, and I always find myself stopping happily in front of her busts of Hiawatha and Minnehaha (shown here) every time I visit the American Wing at the Met.
Alexandra Kiely, aka A Scholarly Skater, is an art historian based in the northeastern United States. She loves wandering down the dark and dusty corners of art history and wholeheartedly believes in visual art's ability to enrich every person's life.
Her favorite periods of art history are 19th-century American painting and medieval European art and architecture. When she not looking at, reading about, writing about, or teaching art, she's probably ice dancing or reading.
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