The Visitation

(1926)/(cast 1955)

Jacob Epstein, British, b. New York City, 1880–1959

Bronze, 65 1/8 x 20 7/8 x 18 7/8 in. (165.3 x 53.1 x 47.9 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.1786

Provenance:
The Artist, London, 31 May 1955
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 31 May 1955-17 May 1966 (directly from the Artist)
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS. "Sculpture in Our Time: Collected by Joseph H. Hirshhorn," 5 May-23 August 1959, no. 72, ill. p. 38. Tour: MILWAUKEE ART CENTER, 10 September-11 October; WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis, 25 October-6 December; WILLIAM ROCKHILL NELSON GALLERY OF ART, Kansas City, Missouri, 20 December-31 January 1960; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, 1-27 March; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY, SCIENCE AND ART, 11 April-15 May; M. H. DE YOUNG MEMORIAL MUSEUM, San Francisco, 29 May-10 July; COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, Colorado, 24 July-4 September; ART GALLERY OF TORONTO, 30 September-31 October.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," 3 October 1962-6 January 1963, no. 145, ill. p. 143.

Published References:
GETLEIN, FRANK, and DOROTHY. Christianity in Modern Art (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1961), p. 139, ill. p. 138.
UNSIGNED. "Coast to Coast in Art," Canadian Art 18/1 (January/February 1961), p. 66.
UNSIGNED. "The Hirshhorn Approach," Time (5 October 1962), p. 77.
UNSIGNED. "The Current Scene: Sculpture from the Hirshhorn Collection," Arts 37/1 (October 1962), ill. p. 17.
MASTAI, MARIE LOUISE D'OTRANGE. "The Connoisseur in America," Connoisseur, 151 (December 1962), p. 271.
UNSIGNED. "Range of Hirshhorn Collection," London Times (3 July 1964), ill.
SWEENEY, JAMES JOHNSON. "A Living Frame for Sculpture," House & Garden 126 (August 1964), ill. p. 115.
MATES, ROBERT E. Photographing Art (New York: Amphoto, 1966), ill. p. 100.
_______. "Photographing Sculpture and Museum Exhibits," Curator 10 (June 1967), ill. p. 98.
ARNASON, H. HARVARD. History of Modern Art (New York: Abrams, 1968), p. 514, ill. p. 515; 3rd edition revised by Daniel Wheeler (1986), no. 510, ill.
JACOBS, JAY. "Collector: Joseph H. Hirshhorn," Art in America 57 (July- August 1969), ill. p . 56.
________. "Quality as Well as Quantity: Joseph H. Hirshhorn." In The Collector in America, ed. Jean Lipman (New York: Viking, 1971), Colorpl. p. 82.
SONTAG, RAYMOND H. A Broken World 1919-1939 (New York: Harper & Row, 1971), no. 19, ill. following p. 138 and jacket.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), no. 47.
LYNES, RUSSELL. "Modern art arrives on the Mall in a new museum and sculpture garden," Smithsonian 5/9 (December 1974), p. 43.
BABSON, JANE F. The Epsteins. A Family Album (Chearsley, Aylesbury: Taylor Hall Pub., 1984), pls. 18, 45, 46, n.p.
FLETCHER, VALERIE H. A Garden for Art (Washington, DC: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in association with Thames and Hudson, 1998), no. 11, p. 46.
See file for further info.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, British Modernist Sculpture