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Florenz Ziegfeld

Artist
Cesare Stea, 1893 - 1959
Sitter
Florenz Ziegfeld, 21 Mar 1867 - 22 Jul 1932
Date
c. 1927
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
With Base: 52.1 x 17.1 x 20.3cm (20 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 8")
Without Base: 39.4 x 17.1 x 20.3cm (15 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 8")
Mount: 17.8 x 13.3cm (7 x 5 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mrs. A. Sandor Ince
Object number
NPG.66.44
Exhibition Label
Master showman Florenz Ziegfeld brought a razzle-dazzle to live performance that signaled a new era in mass entertainment at the turn of the twentieth century-the production of grand-scale extravaganzas glittering with spectacle and opulence that "glorified the American girl." Like P. T. Barnum before him, Ziegfeld understood the pulse of popular culture and had the promotional wizardry to capitalize on it. But unlike Barnum, Ziegfeld came to the fore when the entertainment industry was no longer a small-scale venture but a national commercial phenomenon. For the first three decades of the twentieth century, Ziegfeld's Follies characterized American popular culture at its glitziest.
Provenance
Peggy Ince (Mrs. A. Sandor Ince); gift to NPG 1966
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321 Mezzanine