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Sculpture By Donald De Lue: God's High Altar At Childs Gallery

Donald De Lue

American (1897-1988)

God’s High Altar, 1947
Bronze on Vermont Verde marble

Renaissance Bronze with Pompeian Green patina. Number 6 in an edition of 12. Signed and inscribed on back of sculpted support: ‘De Lue / sc1947 / © 1986 / 6/12 Tx’. Cast at the Tallix Foundry in Beacon, NY. Mounted on Vermont Verde marble base measuring 1 3/4 x 9 7/8 x 15 inches. In fine condition.

“References to Renaissance and Baroque depictions of the descent from the cross and the entombment of Christ in God’s High Altar are unmistakable. Perhaps De Lue had taken fully to heart John Harbeson’s thought that the memorials to WWII ought to embody the ‘sacrifice motive’ and not the ‘glory motive’ of war. The sculpture casts the bodies and rock together into a bold and poignant statement of sacrifice.” – from D. Roger Howlett ‘Donald De Lue: Gods, Prophets, and Heroes,’ 1990, pg. 64.


Dimensions: 23 x 8 x 18 inches.